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Document Details


Title: William Lowenberg
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Urban School of San Francisco
Collection: Telling Their Stories: Oral History of the Holocaust
Description: William (Bill) Lowenberg was born in Ochtrup, Germany. He was the only survivor of his immediate family – his father, mother and sister all perished in Auschwitz. His family fled Germany to Holland in 1936 after experiencing an increasing amount of anti-Semitism. Bill's family was sent to the Westerbork concentration camp in Holland in 1942. He was then sent by himself to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the end of 1942 where he stayed until the spring of 1943. He was then sent to the Warsaw Ghetto after the uprising where he was forced to do slave labor destroying buildings, burning bodies and searching for valuables for the German army. From Warsaw Bill was then sent to Dachau and then to the Kauffering camp. He was liberated on April 30, 1945 by the American army. Feeling a great debt to the U.S. Army, Bill later went on to serve in the Army during the Korean War. After starting with only ten dollars in his pocket when arriving to the United States, Bill went on to create a successful real estate company in San Francisco. He now dedicates his life to Holocaust remembrance and education, and is a co-founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Extent: 15 pages
URL: http://www.tellingstories.org/holocaust/lowenberg/wlowenberg_frameset.html
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2003 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Lowenberg, William (Bill), 1926-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 14-Aug-1926
Speaker place of birth: Germany; Europe
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Businessman; Military personnel
Age at speaking: 77
Document location: San Francisco, CA
Document date: 03-Apr-2003
Interviewer: Evie; Jason; Marisa; Matthew; Molly
Historical events discussed: Holocaust, 1938-1945; World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Europe; Germany; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Concentration camp inmates; Concentration camps; Europe; Germany; Holocaust survivors; Holocaust, 1938-1945; Jewish children in the Holocaust; North America; Oral history; United States; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities; World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029339-32534