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Oral history interview with Irene Weiss

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.45 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0045

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

Irene Weiss (née Berger), born October 31, 1914 in Ardanovce, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses her family background; her schooling and working in Trnava, Slovakia; being transported with her sister via the Patronka collection depot in Bratislava to Auschwitz in March 1942; her arrival at Auschwitz and being processed the day after they arrived; being in the second Jewish transport to Auschwitz; working conditions in the camp; working cleaning bricks and in the fields; working in the Schreibstube office working to register new arrivals; her and her sister being transferred to Birkenau in August 1942; continuing to work to register new arrivals but when fewer transports began arriving the Schreibstube closed down temporarily; getting various jobs in the Stubendienst; she and her sister getting typhus; getting an order to go to Auschwitz and changing into an Aryan prisoner uniform; being placed to live in the Polish barrack; starting work in the new Schreibstube, registering prisoners ready to be sent to the gas chambers; living in the basement of Stabsgebaude and working in the Politische Abteilung as one of 60 women prisoners on staff; how the gassing stopped during November 1944; the SS officers preparing to flee Auschwitz; prisoners starting to equip themselves with warm clothing and being told to leave the camp; going to Bielitz (Bielsko-Biala, Poland), then on to Ravensbrück, Neustadt-Glewe, Mecklenburg, and Prenzlau; and finding a Stalag prisoner-of-war camp, in which was the nephew of the Czech president (Eduard Benes), who organized a bus to bring her back to Prague and then home.

Interviewee
Irene Weiss
Date
1990 August 04  (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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