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Oral history interview with Else Steiner

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

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    Oral history interview with Else Steiner


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Else Steiner
    interview:  1990 February 13
    Credit Line
    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.

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Steiner, Else, 1912-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Else Steiner for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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