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Oral history interview with Margaret Odze

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.32 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0032

Margaret Odze, born May 10, 1924 in Czechoslovakia, discusses her family and her background; her father’s business being destroyed and many turning against her family in 1938; being sent to another family who could feed her; receiving orders to report to the synagogue the Friday before Passover 1942; getting put on a cattle car to Auschwitz; the food and sleeping conditions; doing outdoor work at Birkenau; her kind German supervisor; getting chosen to be a red scarf commando to sort out the possessions of those sent to the gas chambers in 1943; her new supervisor falling in love with a Jewish girl and saving the girl’s sister but not her children from the gas chambers; being moved to work at Brezinka, next to the crematorium where she saw everything, and where, due to the volume of people being gassed, she worked both day and night shifts; being taken away from Brezinka in December 1944 as the Russians advanced; the death march; arriving and staying at Ravensbrück for two months; marching again to Malchow and staying there for about a month; being taken on another march with two SS men, one of whom fled while the other finally let them free; being found by the Russians; going to a displaced persons camp; going to register with the Red Cross in Prague, Czech Republic, and finding her brothers; marrying; moving to Israel and then to Australia; and life in Australia.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Odze, Margaret
interview:  1990 May 23
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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