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Oral history interview with Gerda Weissmann Klein
|Interview Summary||Gerda Weissman Klein, born on May 8, 1924 in Bielsko, Poland, describes her family and childhood; her memories of German bombings and shellings over her town; being forced to fly the Nazi flag over her home; her father and brother having to register for transports; knitting and embroidering with her mother to earn a living; learning to read and write in German from her father; her brother’s deportation and losing contact with him; moving into the ghetto in 1940; being sent to a transit camp on June 29, 1942 until she was transferred to Bolkenhain, where she had to tie knots and weave; her transfers to Mazdorf and Landeshut and receiving letters from her uncle who lived in Turkey and was trying to help her; her transfer to Gruenberg to continue her work as a weaver and working with threads of clothing from Auschwitz; being forced on a death march beginning January 29, 1945 and surviving the cold weather with her ski boots that she had been able to save since she had left her home; her liberation in the spring of 1945 and later marrying the man who liberated her; and immigrating to the United States on August 30, 1946.|
1990 October 11
2 videocassettes : Betacam SP.
|Provenance||Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Gerda Weissmann Klein on October 11, 1990.|
|Interviewer||Linda G. Kuzmack|
|Legal Status||Permanent Collection|
Bolkenhain (Concentration camp)
Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp)
Grünberg in Schlesien (Concentration camp)
Landeshut (Concentration camp)
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Zielona Góra (Poland)
Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 1924-
Death march survivors.
Holocaust survivors--United States.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation.
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Poland.
|Conditions on Access||No restrictions on access|
|Conditions on Use||No restrictions on use|
|Record Type||Oral History|
|Link to Collection||
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history collection
Transcript of Oral history interview with Gerda Weissmann Klein [RG-50.030.0105_trs_en.pdf]
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