Birthdate: April 20, 1937
Birthplace: Lomazy, Poland
Religious Identity: Jewish
“Several other people, people were all over the place, sometimes four or five sometimes 20 people. Everybody was running in different directions. Maybe 25 people in our group at one point.”
Harry Schneider was just a few years old when World War II impacted his life. The family did not feel safe, so they took refuge in the nearby woods, where they remained for two years waiting to escape to Russia. In the forest with young Harry were his parents, his uncle and a cousin. Harrys’ younger sister was born while they were living outdoors and he remembers standing in a line at a farm to get milk for her. He and his family were traveling with some partisan fighters and other resistance groups. Harry and his family did have some contact with Nazis but it was very limited. After the war, the family left Poland because their home had been destroyed. They spent four years in displaced persons camps in the American Zone in Austria, until they came to the United States in 1950. They settled in Washington, PA. Harry attended Washington and Jefferson College, but didn’t finish due to the draft, he joined the National Guard and went to Fort Knox and stayed there for six years. When he returned he attended Robert Morris University. In 1978, he started his own business. He spent his career running his company and retired seven years ago when he sold it. He and his wife Patty, have two children and four grandchildren all of whom live nearby and visit frequently. Harry enjoys playing tennis when they go on vacation to Florida; he says he’s “still the oldest guy playing doubles.”
“No I don’t think it held me back, I was young. I don’t remember many things, once you start talking about it, it comes back. I don’t think that anything was holding me back I would think that it gave me more of a drive to do more, to accomplish more.”
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