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Oral history interview with Fanny Aizenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.93 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0621

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

Fanny Aizenberg (née Orenbach), born December 3, 1916 in Lódz, Poland, discusses her family’s move to Brussels, Belgium; her prewar life in Brussels and Schaerbeek; her public school education in Belgium; graduating from a college of art and design; working for the royal family designing clothing; her marriage to Jacques Aizenberg in 1938; her memories of Kristallnacht and the subsequent influx of Jewish immigrants to Belgium; the invasion of Poland and beginning of the war; the German invasion of Belgium in 1940; her husband’s mobilization; her daughter’s birth; hiding members of the underground; the persecution of Jews in Belgium following the German invasion; her decision to put her daughter in the care of two benevolent German women; her anxiety about her unknown future; going into hiding with her mother; their discovery by the Germans and deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; laboring in an ammunition factory in Auschwitz; the harsh conditions and treatment of prisoners in Auschwitz; medical experimentation; a death march to Ravensbruck; her survival and liberation; reuniting with her daughter and husband; her struggle to recover from her Holocaust experiences; and the importance of providing her oral testimony.

Interviewee
Ms. Fanny Aizenberg
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Steven Vitto
Date
2011 April 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
Interview funded by a grant from the Mickey Shapiro Charitable Trust.
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