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Memoir and oral history interview with Leah Szmidt

Oral History | Accession Number: 2008.232.1 | RG Number: RG-50.602.0001

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Consists of one oral history interview with Leah Szmidt, who was born in 1924 in Poland. When the war began, she was at summer camp and escaped with other campers into the Ukraine on foot. She posed as a Christian and in 1942, was taken into Germany with Ukrainian youth for forced labor; she worked in a German hospital in Trier. In the fall of 1944, she was taken to an ammunition factory to work, and then to a farm. In Feb. 1945, the farm was hit by a bomb and Leah was injured. She spent the last months of the war in the hospital before returning to Torczyn, where she learned that her family had perished. She spent three years at the Donabastion displaced persons camp before immigrating to the United States in 1949. Also contains a short memoir summarizing her experiences.

Interviewee
Ms. Leah Szmidt
Date
2008
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD.
1 memoir.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leah Szmidt
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:37:38
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