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Oral history interview with Maryla Orgel Korn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.5 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0005

Maryla Korn, born June 10, 1938 in Krakow, Poland, describes her family; how her father and grandfather fled Krakow, believing that nothing would happen to women and children if there was a war; going with her mother in 1940 to Wieliczka, Poland, then Buchnia, Poland; the deportation of her young uncle and his death; how her family would send her back to Krakow whenever they heard of a coming aktion; hiding in a tree for a few hours during one aktion; going to the ghetto in 1942; never being hungry; having friends on the outside of the ghetto who helped them; getting whooping cough in 1943; how the men and women were separated in the ghetto; traveling through the Carpathian Mountains with 15 other people; how her cough disappeared suddenly; hiding during the day and hiking at night; being caught on the Czech side of the mountains; the separation of men and women in the prison; being freed while others were shot; how the Joint helped them and sent them to Hungary on foot; being caught on the Hungarian border; being sent to a prison in Budapest; living with Romani and being visited by nuns and priests; how a priest counterfeited papers to release them; going to Kalocsa, Hungary and avoiding the other Polish Jews whom they knew; pretending to be Catholic; being caught but not being deported because the truck carrying them to a train broke down; how her mother sneaked into the mayor’s office and stamped their papers so their group would be able to leave; going back to Budapest where the Joint was located; walking to Romania alone with her mother in 1944; being by the Joint to a train; calming her mother down as they waited in some bushes next to the train station; how she was hidden by being wrapped like a package and put on a rack while her mother clung to the outside of the train when the policeman came to check papers; finding friends from Łódź, Poland in Romania; being prevented to board a ship to Palestine and learning later that this ship was torpedoed; being liberated by the Russians, who dropped fruit and candies from planes; staying in Romania for six months before returning to Hungary; and how no one but her mother and father survived.

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Toddling Through Europe: Maryla Orgel Korn
Ms. Maryla O. Korn
interview:  1988 August 04
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:27
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