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Oral history interview with Vera Sklan

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.54 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0054

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Vera Sklan, born April 29, 1924 in Berlin, Germany, discusses her family’s background; her schooling before the war; her extended family leaving Germany and her parents debating whether they would leave too; her father being imprisoned, then released after war was declared in 1939; her father doing forced labor; her family being notified to leave by train in 1941; arriving at Riga and walking to the ghetto; living and working in the ghetto; hangings in the ghetto; leaving the ghetto without her parents and working in a rubber factory for six months; the factory having better conditions than at the ghetto; being brought by boat to Stutthof in 1942; having no idea about people being exterminated in 1942; working in labor camps after 1942 and getting sick often; walking towards the German border to Koeslin, Germany in 1945 in a death march; being liberated by the Russian Army; what happened after the Russians arrived; living in an empty German village with Russian troops, who were there from March until September; taking a train back to Berlin; family friends looking after her for three years; and immigrating to Australia in 1948.

Interviewee
Vera Sklan
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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:52:22
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