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Oral history interview with Olga Grunbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.18 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0018

Olga Grunbaum, born May 9, 1928 in Neresnice, Czechoslovakia (Neresnytsia, Ukraine), discusses her family; how her father was taken away; being sent to Hungary to be an apprentice; returning home when the Germans took over in 1944; being home for three days before her entire village was taken to a ghetto in Mateszalka, Hungary; being moved to Auschwitz; getting separated from her mother and sister; seeing the gas chambers and crematoria; how a woman in her barrack gave birth; suspected medical experimentation; being taken to the hospital; two encounters with Dr. Mengele; meeting a Sonderkommando member, Abraham Turofsky, who was later killed; meeting a cousin who would be her only surviving relative; leaving Auschwitz in October 1944; staying in Ravensbrück for two weeks before being sent to work in an airplane parts factory in Lippstadt, Germany; her contact with German civilians at the end of the war; escaping during the last month before liberation; seeing the first Russian soldiers; returning to Budapest, Hungary; meeting her husband; being warned that she was on a death list in 1956 and going into hiding; immigrating to Australia in 1966; and how she is still haunted by her experiences during the war.

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Grunbaum, Olga
interview:  1990 September 05
3 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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