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Oral history interview with Magda Spira

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.40 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0040

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    Oral history interview with Magda Spira


    Interview Summary
    Magda Spira, born December 4, 1924, in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, discusses her family background; moving from a farm in a village to Kosice; how Hungary taking over the region in 1938 was a happy time for Jews; life going on undisturbed by the start of war in 1939; Jewish men having to wear armbands in 1943 when Milankovic was the commander of the labor camp; the Hungarians under German direction taking the Jews to the Kosice ghetto; transports beginning to leave the ghetto; her whole family being taken on the third transport on June 3, 1944; arriving in Auschwitz on June 5th; being told to stand away from her sister during selections because of their likeness; being transferred with her sisters to the Kaiserwald camp near Riga, Latvia; working sorting clothes; being transferred to Stutthof camp via Danzig by boat during the autumn of 1944; leaving after two days and going to Magdeburg by train; working in the Polte factory; having to march to Ladeburg in April 1945; the German guards fleeing; escaping into the forest with her sisters and eventually arriving in Kosice on May 7, 1945; and moving to Israel for three years and then to Australia.
    Magda Spira
    interview:  1990 March 17
    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.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    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
    Spira, Magda, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Magda Spira 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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