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Oral history interview with Lilly Kalina

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.24 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0024

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Lilly Kalina, born September 21, 1921 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses her childhood and family; being relatively affluent until 1939-1940 when life changed dramatically because of antisemitic laws; relatives moving into her family’s apartment; her boyfriend working as a medical officer which gave her and her family protection; her family and friends being transported to camps; her brother committing suicide in December 1941; being among the last to be transported to Theresienstadt in 1943; being assigned to the agricultural detail in Theresienstadt, which allowed her to avoid being shipped to Auschwitz; her brother and his wife being on the Masaryk Transport to Auschwitz; her mother and father almost being sent to Auschwitz; her fiancé being sent to Auschwitz in October 1944; signs that the war was ending; seeing prisoners arrive from other camps; daily life in Theresienstadt; the death of her fiancé; marrying her next boyfriend in 1946; leaving Czechoslovakia for Denmark; and going to Sydney, Australia in 1948.

Interviewee
Lilly Kalina
Date
1990 November 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
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.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:46:42
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