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Oral history interview with Gisela Stein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.41 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0041

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Gisela Stein, born July 21, 1926, in Stropkov, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses her family; her prewar life; not being affected by the events in Germany until Polish refugees arrived in 1939; officers being billeted at her house; Jewish refugees being taken first; young singles being taken in March 1942; her mother hiding her in the hospital; being hidden with her sister in Bardejov, Slovakia for two months; her family receiving special treatment because her father owned the town’s bank; her grandfather escaping from Treblinka in July 1942 and telling her family everything, causing her mother to decide to get the four older children to Hungary; staying in Nyiregyhaza; escaping from the ghetto to Debrecen; trying to get smuggled back home but getting caught without papers on the train; getting sent to Novaky work camp; prisoners fleeing to the partisans, who battled with the Germans during September 1944 and took the prisoners to Zlate Moravce, Slovakia; being taken to Auschwitz; joining a transport to Zittau; feeling that they were lucky because they neither froze, starved, nor were evacuated from there; the guards fleeing a week before the Russians liberated the camp; the bombing raids and other events during that week; crossing the Czech border with help by the Jewish Commandant of the Russian army; wandering from place to place before settling for a while in Kosice; her reasons for giving testimony; and her thoughts on survival.

Interviewee
Gisela Stein
Date
1991 December 12  (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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