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Oral testimony of Henry Galler and Eva Galler

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.17.3 | RG Number: RG-50.689.0003

Eva Galler (née Vogel), born in Oleszyce, Poland, discusses her home town before the war; how her neighbors and friends changed during the war; the restrictions placed on Jews during the German occupation; her experience in the ghetto in Lubaczow, Poland; waiting in lines for rations; learning about the nearby death camp, Belzec; how in the winter of 1943, when she was 17 years old, the Nazis began deporting Jews out of the ghetto; being put on a cattle car with her family; how her father encouraged she and two of her siblings to jump out the train window; finding temporary refuge from a Polish woman and hearing the conversations of the locals about the deportation of the Jews; hiding briefly in a family friend’s home; going to Krakow, Poland; passing as a non-Jew and being conscripted for labor in Vienna, Austria; working on a farm in Austria and living in Czechoslovakia; being afraid to sleep and not having time to grieve; being liberated and returning to Poland; registering at the Red Cross; how her family was killed in Belzec; and finding two friends from Oleszyce.
Henry (né Herschel) Galler, born in Oleszyce, Poland, discusses fighting Germans as a lieutenant in the 1st Division of the Polish Army; returning to Oleszyce after the war to find that his entire family, including three brothers and three sisters, were killed; and immigrating with Eva to Sweden where they were married.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
interview:  1997 May 07
Oral histories.
1 digital files : MPEG-2.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Naval Oceanographic Office and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Stennis Space Center
Record last modified: 2021-02-01 12:29:35
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