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Oral history interview with Gertrude Skalsky

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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 Lodz 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.

Interviewee
Gertrude Skalsky
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 10:50:02
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