Adam Silberring

Adam Silberring
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  • Photo taken in:
    Bochnia
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is my husband Adam Silberring driving the family car, a Steyr. He was probably 9 or 10 at the time when the photo was taken, so it must have been 1930 or 1931. I know that in this picture he is too short to reach the steering wheel and he's sitting on a pillow. During the war, first the Germans threw my husband's family out of their house, because it's a very beautiful house. They took their car, a Steyr. So they, with some cases, as my father-in-law told me, set off towards Lwow. In the meantime the Germans forced them into some labor on the way somewhere, but later they made it to Lwow. His mother and the younger brother went back to Bochnia for some winter clothes. They didn't have any warm things, because there had been a heat wave in September. She was crossing the river San in a boat and the boat capsized and she drowned, but Ludwik was rescued and went back to Lwow. After that the Russians deported them out to the Ural Mountains. I can't remember what the place was called. Adam's father was some protégé of the Polish diplomatic service. And my husband reported as a driver. He had a driving license, from back before the war; I can't remember which year. His father said that Adam drove and he paid his fines. He did very well, because he used to drive some commander, and he was given food. There was a round stamp in the driving license, and my husband said that round stamps were sacred to them, the Russians.

Interview details

Interviewee: Teofila Silberring
Interviewer:
Magdalena Bizon
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2004
Krakow, Poland

KEY PERSON

Adam Silberring
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Bochnia
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Chemical engineer

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Memorial and Museum Auschwitz - Birkenau
Date of interview:
1998

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