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Sigmund M. testimony 2011 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDSM1109_01_VD
Date of Recording11 September 2011

IntervieweeMuenz, Sigmund
Duration2h 42m 0.0s
LanguageEnglish
Synopsis

Sigmund M. was born on July 5, 1921 in the small town of Altengronau, Germany to an Orthodox Jewish family. He describes his family’s business and their involvement in the Jewish community. He recalls his education at a trade school in Frankfurt. He describes how his father was badly beaten during Kristallnacht and died shortly after. He explains how, after this incident, his sister was sent to England on the kindertransport and his mother was able to immigrate to the United States. Through a program organized by Jewish communities in Great Britain, he travelled to England on May 4, 1939. Sigmund recalls his employment in Twickenham. He describes his arrest and detention in Huyton before being deported to Canada on the S.S. Ettrick. He describes the living conditions and work in Camp Q (Monteith, Ontario) and Camp I (Île-aux-Noix, Quebec). He discusses his release from camp and further employment. He discusses how he was conscripted into the army as part of the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers. Sigmund describes his further education and professional career. He reflects on his Jewish faith and Canadian identity.

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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.