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Oral history interview with Gisela Stein

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

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    Oral history interview with Gisela Stein


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Gisela Stein
    interview:  1991 December 12
    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
    Stein, Gisela, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Gisela Stein on December 12, 1991 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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