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Oral history interview with Helen Schwartz

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

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    Oral history interview with Helen Schwartz


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Helen Schwartz
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  2010 March 01

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    1 digital file : WAV.

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    Personal Name
    Schwartz, Helen, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Helen Schwartz on March 1, 2010. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives Branch in April 2010.
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