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Oral history interview with Else Steiner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.9 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0009

Else Steiner, born August 27, 1912 in Vienna, Austria, discusses life with her grandfather in Oradea, Romania; leaving Oradea for Budapest, Hungary in 1940; the start of the German occupation in 1944; hearing about a scheme conceived by Mrs. Fleischmann of Bratislava to give the Germans money and goods in exchange for the lives of certain Jews; getting a spot on the transport; traveling in cattle cars after negotiations with German troops; stopping in Moson-Magyarovar, Linz, and Bergen-Belsen; spending six weeks in Bergen-Belsen until December 1944; travelling to the Swiss and Austrian border at St. Margarethen; stopping in Bern; staying in a deserted hotel in Caux sur Montreux, Switzerland; having to declare their financial assets; how people with money in Switzerland were allowed to leave; receiving money from her brother in the United States; how the group was almost deported to Kenya but was instead allowed to stay in Switzerland; celebrating the May 1945 armistice at a Swiss girl’s home in Zurich; how most of her family perished during the war; and returning to her hometown of Kiskunfegyhaza, Hungary.

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Steiner, Else
interview:  1990 February 13
2 sound cassettes.
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Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:15
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