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Oral history interview with Helen Schwartz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.87 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0180

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Helen Schwartz (b. Hela Kirschner), born in 1925, discusses living in the Łódź ghetto in Poland from 1939 to August 1944; working in a laundry in the ghetto; being taken with her family to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944; being marched from Auschwitz to Stutthof; her liberation by the Russians near Gdansk, Poland; contracting typhus in an outbreak that hit a group of female survivors following liberation; returning to Łódź and reuniting with her sister; reuniting with her brother at the displaced persons camp in Ainring, Germany; immigrating in 1949 to Portland, Maine, where her husband worked in a clothing factory; opening a tailor’s shop in 1954; raising a family; volunteering at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and speaking at schools in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Interviewee
Helen Schwartz
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2010 March 01  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:07:18
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