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Oral history interview with Alice Lok Cahana

Interview Summary Alice Lok Cahana, born on February 7, 1929 in Sárvár, Hungary, discusses her childhood; her relationships with her parents, grandfather, and siblings; her experiences in the ghetto in Sárvár, which was situated in a brick factory; her work with children in the ghetto; her deportation by train to Auschwitz; her experiences in "C Lager" of Auschwitz; her memories of selections by Dr. Josef Mengele; her successful rescue of her sister Edith from the infirmary in Auschwitz; her survival of the Auschwitz gas chamber because of a malfunction in the chamber; her memories of camp guard Irma Grese; her transfer from Auschwitz to the Guben concentration camp where she worked in an ammunition factory; her participation in a death march with a group from Guben; her escape and subsequent return to the death march group; her separation from her sister in Bergen-Belsen; her evacuation from Bergen-Belsen and transport to a hospital in Sweden; her reunion with her father in Hungary; her illegal immigration to Israel by boat; her return to Sweden with her husband Moshe Cahana; the Cahana family's move to the United States; and her thoughts on the rescue efforts of Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary.
Date 1990 December 04  (interview)
RG Number RG-50.030*0051
Accession Number 1990.478.1
Extent 3 videocassettes : Betacam SP.
Language English
Provenance Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Alice Lok Cahana on December 4, 1990.
Interviewer Linda G. Kuzmack
Classification video recording
Corporate Name Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp)
Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp)
Genre/Form Oral histories.
Geographic Name Guben (Germany)
Gubin (Poland)
Israel--Emigration and immigration.
Sárvár (Hungary)
Personal Name Cahana, Alice Lok, 1929-
Lok, Edith.
Mengele, Josef, 1911-
Grese, Irma, 1923-1945.
Wallenberg, Raoul, 1912-1947.
Topical Term Concentration camp inmates--Selection process.
Death marches.
Forced labor--Germany.
Forced labor--Poland.
Holocaust survivors--Interviews.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Hungary--Personal narratives.
Jewish children in the Holocaust--Hungary.
Jewish ghettos--Hungary--Sárvár.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use Restrictions on use. The videotape interview, its transcript, and related photographs may not be used outside the Museum for any purpose whatsoever, including traveling exhibitions, without the prior approval of Alice Lok Cahana or her legal heirs. Scholars may not have copies of the interview transcript for publication, [including film, play, and book rights], without consulting Alice Lok Cahana or her legal heirs.
Record Type Oral History
Digital Files
Link to Collection United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history collection
Transcript/Notes Transcript of Oral history interview with Alice Lok Cahana [RG-50.030.0051_trs_en.pdf]
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