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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 antisemitic 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  (interview)
RG Number:
Accession Number:
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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.
Regina Spiegel
video recording
Personal Name:
Spiegel, Regina, 1926-
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
Finding Aid:
RG-50.009.0014_sum_en.pdf [English]
Record last modified: 2016-11-16 07:00:45