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Oral history interview with Olga Horak

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.21 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0021

Olga Horak, born August 11, 1926 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses her family background; experiencing little change in her situation until March 1942; fleeing with her family to Hungary; living in hiding in Budapest, Hungary for a year and a half; the lack of help from others; returning home to Bratislava as a result of a tip-off by a friend about door to door searches by Germans; being hidden by a friend of her mother; receiving papers to go to the United States; being taken to the town of Marianka, Slovakia and then to Sered camp for four or five days; being sent to Auschwitz; the selection; marching 250km from November until January to Gross-Rosen; seeing the German army retreat; going to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by British troops on April 15; getting sick and being transferred from the camp to a German hospital; being refused care due to their antisemitic attitudes; being transferred back to the sick bay at Bergen-Belsen where she stayed until August; being taken to the hospital in Pilsen (Plzen, Czech Republic); going back to Bratislava; fleeing the impending Russian occupation in 1947; going to Zagreb, Croatia and then to Zurich, Switzerland; and arriving in Australia in 1949.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Olga Horak
interview:  1990 March 12
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: 2023-11-16 09:03:05
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