Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sam Seltzer - November 29, 1982


An interview with Sam Seltzer, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Anita Schwartz. Sam Seltzer was born in Modzurów, Poland. Sam's family consisted of his mother, father and five siblings. Following the outbreak of the war, his mother and siblings attempted to flee east to the Russian border. They were unable to complete their journey, instead staying with Sam's older sister in the small town of Zawiercie. After a brief time, Sam returned to Modzurów, until he was rounded-up by the Germans and placed in a number of forced- labor camps, including Sosnowiec, Klettendorf, Geppersdorf, Brande, Graeditz, Faulbrück and Annaberg. In 1944, Sam was sent to Auschwitz. After several weeks in Birkenau, Sam volunteered to work as a mechanic and was sent to a labor Kommando attached to Buchenwald. Sam was liberated in Buchenwald in April 1945. After liberation, Sam was hospitalized in Feldafing, Germany where he was reunited with his brother and the two emigrated to the United States.

  1. Introduction
  2. Family
  3. Religious Life
  4. Relations with non-Jews
  5. Outbreak of War
  6. German Occupation
  7. Staying with Sister
  8. Return Home
  9. Conditions under Germans
  10. Deportation
  11. Klettendorf
  12. Conditions in Klettendorf
  13. Brande
  14. Labor in Brande
  15. Beating
  16. Working while Injured
  17. News of Family
  18. Food
  19. Graeditz
  20. Faulbrück
  21. Typhoid
  22. Selection in Faulbrück
  23. Annaberg
  24. SS Man
  25. Labor in Annaberg
  26. American Airplanes
  27. Transport to Auschwitz
  28. Entlausung
  29. Außenkommando Buchenwald
  30. Conditions in the Außenkommando
  31. Buchenwald
  32. Liberation
  33. Hospitalized
  34. Feldafing
  35. Reunited with Brother
  36. Recovery
  37. Walheim
  38. Immigration to America
  39. Detroit
  40. Talking About Experiences
  41. Reminders

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