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Oral history interview with Anna Laks Wilson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.29 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0411

Anna Laks Wilson, born October 16, 1924, discusses her childhood in Wierzbnik, Poland; her entrance into school at age 11 in Radom; living in rented rooms and experiencing antisemitism as the only Jewish student in her class; her return home in September 1939 where she set up a school for younger children; her family's move into the ghetto in 1940, her work in the labor bureau, and her later job in the brick factory on the night shift; the liquidation of the ghetto at night while she and sister Krysia were working and how her parents and sister Renia were taken away; her deportation to Majówka, then to Strzelnica; her work typing up daily work lists and deceased prisoners' names; the role of the Judenrat and the Jewish police; her future husband Adash Wilczek’s escape in late 1943 with nine other prisoners from the camp to join Russian partisans in the forest; her deportation to Auschwitz in July 1944 by cattle car with her sisters; her work cutting bulrushes in wetlands then sorting the clothes of incoming Polish prisoners from November to January 1945; the death march beginning January 18, 1945 to Ravensbrück and then to Rechlin; her escape with her two sisters from the camp; and joining up with fleeing Germans and leaving their homes ahead of the arrival of the Russian Army.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Anna L. Wilson
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2001 February 21
Oral histories.
12 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:40
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