Herta Pila and Salomon Pila oral history interview

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Herta Pila and Salomon Pila oral history interview
Series Title:
Holocaust survivors oral history project
Uniform Title:
Holocaust & genocide studies oral history projects
Pila, Herta, 1932-
Ellis, Carolyn, 1950-
Patti, Chris J., 1982-
Pila, Salomon, 1925-
Florida Holocaust Museum
University of South Florida Libraries -- Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
University of South Florida -- Tampa Library. -- Special & Digital Collections. -- Oral History Program
Place of Publication:
Tampa, Fla
University of South Florida Tampa Library
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Physical Description:
1 sound file (187 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Concentration camps -- Poland ( lcsh )
Concentration camps -- Austria ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- Germany ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- Poland ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives ( lcsh )
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Liberation ( lcsh )
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Florida ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Interviews ( lcsh )
Genocide ( lcsh )
Crimes against humanity ( lcsh )
Oral history. ( local )
Online audio. ( local )
interview ( marcgt )
Oral history ( local )
Online audio ( local )


Oral history interview with Holocaust survivors Herta Pila and Salomon Pila. Mrs. Pila was born in Munich in 1932. During the war, she and her mother remained in Munich until 1944 and moved from bunker to bunker, claiming that their identification had been destroyed in air raids so that no one could tell they were Jewish. Mrs. Pila spent eight months hidden on a farm owned by a German family until the war ended and her brother, who had been hiding in the mountains, tracked her down and brought her back to Munich, where she was reunited with her mother and sister. Mr. Pila was born in Miechow, Poland, in 1925. After the Nazis began deportations from his town in 1942, he was sent to several labor camps in Poland before ending up in Oskar Schindler's factory, along with his brother Izack. They were with Schindler for about a year, until 1944, when Izack fell asleep and was caught by the Nazi commander. Mr. Pila ended the war in Linz at a Mauthausen sub-camp, where he was liberated in 1945. After the war, Mr. and Mrs. Pila both spent time in displaced persons camps, he in Italy, she in Germany. They were introduced by Izack and got married in 1952. The first third of this interview is with Mrs. Pila, the middle with the two of them together, and the final third with Mr. Pila.
Interview conducted July 2, 2010.
Statement of Responsibility:
interviewed by Carolyn Ellis and Chris Patti.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
027790677 ( ALEPH )
721289141 ( OCLC )
F60-00033 ( USFLDC DOI )
f60.33 ( USFLDC Handle )

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Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

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