Construction of huts in Opole ghetto

Construction of huts in Opole ghetto
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  • Photo taken in:
    Opole
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland

This is a picture of the construction of huts in Opole ghetto, Poland, which my father had taken by a local Jewish photographer in 1941.

My parents, Wilhem and Johanna Schischa [nee Friedmann], were deported to Opole ghetto in Poland from Vienna on 26th February 1941. They were murdered a year later in either Belzec or Sobibor concentration camp.

About 4,000 people lived in the Polish village of Opole, which became a ghetto. By March 1941 about 8,000 more Jews had been deported to the ghetto. They were either lodged with resident Jewish families, or in mass accommodation, such as in a synagogue or in newly erected huts.

I own a large number of letters, which my parents wrote to Aunt Fany, Aunt Berta and my grandmother from the ghetto before they were murdered. Apart from these letters, my father also sent photos from Opole ghetto. Opole was a village that had been sealed off. Jews who lived there weren't allowed to leave, and more and more Jews arrived. There were a bakery, a butcher's shop, a barber's shop, restaurants and a photo shop, just like in any normal village. However, nothing could be brought into the ghetto, so food soon became extremely expensive, and my parents' depended on help from their relatives in Vienna.

The last letter from my father arrived in December 1941. In Mai 1942 a deportation transport left from Opole to Belzec concentration camp, and in October for Sobibor concentration camp. I don?t know on board which transport my parents were.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lilli Tauber
Interviewer:
Tanja Eckstein
Month of interview:
Juli
Year of interview:
2003
Vienna, Austria

KEY PERSON

Wilhelm Schischa
Year of birth:
1883
City of birth:
Gloggnitz
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Belzec or Sobibor
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Belzec or Sobibor
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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