Oral history interview with Gerda Weissmann Klein
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- Record Type:
- Oral History
- Interview Summary:
- Gerda Weissmann 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
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2 videocassettes : Betacam SP.
- 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.
- Linda G. Kuzmack
- Legal Status:
- Permanent Collection
- Corporate Name:
Bolkenhain (Concentration camp)
Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp)
Grünberg in Schlesien (Concentration camp)
Landeshut (Concentration camp)
- Geographic Name:
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Zielona Góra (Poland)
- Personal Name:
Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 1924-
- Topical Term:
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.
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