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Oral history interview with Helen Glass

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.71 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0071

Helen Glass, born June 3, 1925 in Uzhorod, Czechoslovakia (Uzhhorod, Ukraine), discusses the history of her hometown; her family’s background; her childhood and schooling; how antisemitism became prevalent as soon as the Hungarians took over her town in 1939; being sent papers to leave for England by a relative but being prevented by the start of the war; the establishment of a ghetto next to her house; being taken to a ghetto a few kilometers away as the ghetto near her house was full; being transported to Auschwitz; being saved by a German soldier during the first selection; the conditions of the camp deteriorating; her experiences with Dr. Mengele; being transferred to Guben, Germany, where she worked in an airplane factory; the death march to Bergen-Belsen in February 1945; bribing the blockältester for food; being liberated by American soldiers in April 1945; going to Sweden to be with her brother; working in Sweden for two years; going back to Czechoslovakia in 1947; marrying in 1948; moving to Paris, France to flee communism; and immigrating to Australia in 1951.

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Glass, Helen
interview:  1990 August 22
1 sound cassette.
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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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:16
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