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Oral history interview with Harriet Steinhorn-Roth

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.9 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0009

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Harriet Steinhorn-Roth, born April 12, 1929 in Lodz, Poland, describes being 10 years old when the war began; not being able to go to school; the laws restricting Jews; going to the ghetto with her family; the deportation of Jews who could not pay off soldiers; how at age 14 she took her mother’s place doing forced labor and was taken to a concentration camp; working in a manufacturing company, which specialized in two chemical gases; how most of the workers were sickly and yellow from exposure to the gases; the day-to-day activities of the camp; the spread of dysentery and typhus; how her little sister visited her and brought her things; how six weeks after she went to the camp, the ghetto was raided and her mother went to a nearby work camp; not being one of the people selected for release; the deportation of Jews in the Lodz ghetto to Treblinka; getting typhus and being carried by other prisoners so she could avoid being sent to the sick ward, where she risked being shot; being sent to the sick ward but being rescued by a Jewish commander; going to her mother’s camp a year later; going to Czestochowa, Buchenwald, and Bergen-Belsen; being liberated April 15, 1945; going to a German hospital and having tuberculosis and typhus; going to Sweden for medical treatment; immigrating to the United States in 1949; getting married and having children; and teaching about religion and the Holocaust.

Collection Subtitle
Shadows of the Holocaust: Harriet Steinhorn Roth
Interviewee
Ms. Harriet Steinhorn-Roth
Date
1988 December 14  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
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