Speaker

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:00 PM
Hiler Theater, Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Purdue University


Oscar Singer

Oscar Singer

2019 Rabbi Gedalyah Engel Lecturer
Survivor, Cook, Business Owner

Biography

Oscar Singer was a young man in Radomysl Weilki, Poland when the Nazi's invaded and occupied Poland in 1939. He along with other residents of Radomysl Weilki were forced to labour for the Nazi's . In 1941 he was assigned to labour at the Mielec Airplane Factory and required to live in barracks. The Jews that remained in Radomysl Wielki were taken away by the Nazi's and killed. He was later transported from Mielic to the Wielicka Salt Mine as forced labour.

In mid 1943, Oscar along with one of his brothers was transferred to the Krakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp where he and his brother continued to work in slave labour. He was moved around during this time between Chujowa Gorka, Auschwitz and Plaszow Concentration Camps. In 1945 many at Plaszow were forced to walk to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. On this 2-3 week journey, Oscar's brother Abraham perished. In May 1945 the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp was liberated by the Soviet army. Oscar's was then sent to the Landsberg Displaced Persons Camp near Munich in the American zone.

In 1951 Mr. Singer emigrated to the United States, to Denver, Colorado, where he started his career working in packing houses and grocery stores and eventually saved enough money to start his own businesses, first opening an Italian Drive-in in Littleton, and later starting a catering company. In 1956 he met his wife Elaine and had two children. They now have several grand and great grandchildren.

Mr. Singer, now 94, will speak about his experiences during the war and afterward.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute testimony

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