Oral history interview with Regina Gutman Spiegel
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- Record Type:
- Oral History
- Interview Summary:
- Regina Spiegel, born in Radom, Poland on April 20, 1926, discusses her views on why the Nazis killed Jews; the Nazi invasion, during which she was age 13; her family; being vulnerable to those in control; how her family gave up all their valuables; the anti-Semitic laws; the establishment of the ghetto in 1940; bribing the ghetto guards so she could escape; taking a train to her sister’s home in a nearby village; working in a camp there; how her sister was turned in to the Gestapo and was later killed while trying to escape a train; being sent to Auschwitz; conditions on the train and the altruism of the passengers; getting to Auschwitz, being stripped of clothing, tattooed, and having all her hair removed in the showers; going back to Auschwitz in 1976; being put to work in a munitions factory at Bergen-Belsen; being on a train that was bombed by Allied Forces and sustaining shrapnel injuries; German and Jewish relations; the death of her sister and nephew; and the depression in Germany.
- Collection Subtitle:
- While the World Was Silent: The Story of Regina Gutman Spiegel
1988 May 12
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- Accession Number:
4 videocassettes : U-Matic.
- The Holocaust Eyewitness Project produced the interview with Regina Gutman Spiegel on May 12, 1988 in the Washington, D.C. area. Edith Fierst, on behalf of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project, donated a copy of the interview to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1989.
- Legal Status:
- Permanent Collection
- Corporate Name:
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp)
Elsnig (Concentration camp)
- Personal Name:
Spiegel, Regina, 1926-
- Topical Term:
Concentration camp tattoos.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives.
Holocaust survivors--United States--Travel--Poland.
Jewish ghettos--Poland--Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Poland.
Jews--Poland--Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
- Conditions on Access:
- No restrictions on access
- Conditions on Use:
- No restrictions on use. Donor retains copyright on this collection.
- Credit Line:
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
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- Record last modified: 2015-04-15 13:40:14