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Oral history interview with Zelda Farbenblum

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.16 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0016

Zelda Farbenblum, born June 28, 1926 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses her childhood; being deported on the evening of Tisha B’av in 1941; her father failing to believe a warning he received telling him to leave; being dumped in a field by Hungarian soldiers; moving often; managing to pay for a transport across the river Dniester; wandering for almost a month; reaching the border again with her family; her father's death; the separation of her family; living on a property which had belonged to her father; being put into the Chust ghetto in 1943; life in the ghetto; being transported to Auschwitz in May 1944; arriving at Birkenau; her memories of roll-call; feeling dehumanized; being transported to Nürnberg (Nuremberg, Germany) in November 1944; staying in Nürnberg a little less than a month; being taken to Plauen, Germany, where she worked in an ammunitions factory; hearing rumors about American troops nearing the factory; being told she was free but not believing it until she saw that all the Germans and Hungarians had fled; going to a nearby village and seeing American soldiers; being rehabilitated for about three months; going to Prague, Czech Republic in hopes of finding family in 1946; working in Prague and meeting her husband and fellow survivor, Harry; and leaving for Australia in 1949.

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Farbenblum, Zelda
interview:  1990 June 25
1 sound cassette.
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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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