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Oral history interview with Magda Spira

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

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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.

Interviewee
Magda Spira
Date
1990 March 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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