Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Josef Slaim - February 7, 1982


Josef Slaim was born in Lipa, Poland but grew up in Czepiec, Poland. In 1935, he was drafted into the Polish army, where he served four years. At the start of the war, Josef deserted and went back to his family in Czepiec. Soon after, he was sent to a labor camp where he was made Judenälteste. Josef was sent to several other camps during the war, including Tarnowitz, Blechhammer, Gross-Rosen and Buchenwald. On a death march, he stole an SS officer's uniform and impersonated him until the war was over. After the war, Josef ran a factory in Germany before moving to Israel and finally the United States.

  1. Introduction
  2. Life in Czepiec Before the War
  3. Being Zionist
  4. Anti-Semitism
  5. Start of War
  6. Deserting the Army
  7. Life in Czepiec During the War
  8. Forced Labor
  9. Being a Judenälteste
  10. Life in Camp
  11. Duties in Camp
  12. Liquidating the Camp
  13. Leaving Blechhammer
  14. Arriving at Gross-Rosen
  15. Life in Gross-Rosen
  16. Arriving at Buchenwald
  17. Life in Buchenwald
  18. Death March
  19. Impersonating an SS Officer
  20. Receiving Help from a German Woman
  21. Liberation
  22. Returning Home
  23. Life in Germany
  24. Moving to Israel
  25. Life in the United States
  26. Conclusion

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