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Oral history interview with Gertrude Skalsky

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.39 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0039

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    Oral history interview with Gertrude Skalsky


    Interview Summary
    Gertrude Skalsky, born February 22, 1915 in Teplice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses her childhood and education; moving to Prague, Czech Republic in 1938; her father hiding with false papers until 1944 when he was taken to a camp and disappeared; getting a job in a pathology laboratory; seeing 1000 men taken to Theresienstadt and to the Łódź ghetto in November 1941; working in a nursery; being taken to the Theresienstadt ghetto in April 1942; getting a job in the ghetto hospital; the conditions in the hospital; the SS cleaning up Theresienstadt for inspection by the Red Cross; being taken to Auschwitz in October 1944 with her mother and sister; the selection on the platform by Dr. Mengele; staying at Auschwitz for a few days before being taken by train to Chemnitz, Germany and then to an ammunition factory 50 km from Dresden, Germany; being in the factory camp; being put on a train for days in April 1945; arriving at a chemical factory in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic; going back to Theresienstadt; leaving Theresienstadt on Russian tanks and arriving in Prague, Czech Republic; going to the Red Cross and getting an empty flat until 1947 when she got into nursing; and meeting her husband.
    Gertrude Skalsky
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Skalsky, Gertrude, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Gertrude Skalsky for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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