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Oral history interview with Georgette Reiszman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.98 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0098

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    Oral history interview with Georgette Reiszman


    Interview Summary
    Georgette Reiszman, born July 6, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses her childhood and family life in a Jewish household; her first experiences with antisemitism during the late 1930s; being trained as a nurse; the takeover of her father’s business in 1941; the jailing of her mother on the first day of the German occupation of Hungary; being forced to move into a Jewish group house; her family’s deportation to Auschwitz; the selections and conditions in the camp; a personal incident with Mengele; being transferred via cattle car to Bergen-Belsen; being transferred again to Braunschweig, and then to Ravensbrück; being brought into a gas chamber, only to be suddenly let out again and given a Red Cross parcel; being liberated by the Russians; sexual assault by Russian soldiers; returning to Budapest; leaving Hungary in August 1945; meeting her husband who worked for Americans in Berchtesgaden, Germany; meeting Henry Kissinger; moving to Belgium and having a son; moving to Australia; enduring financial hardship; and marrying her second husband.
    Georgette Reiszman
    Ilona Vogel
    interview:  1990 August 23
    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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    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Georgette Reiszman 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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