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Oral history interview with Irene Stanbrook

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.110 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0110

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    Oral history interview with Irene Stanbrook


    Interview Summary
    Irene Stanbrook, born April 28, 1926 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses her childhood in a German-speaking household; growing up in a sheltered environment; her first experiences with antisemitism in 1940 and 1941; her father handing his business over to his foreman; being banned from school in 1941; being sent to a factory where she got some protection from the Germans; the start of the German occupation; walking to the Megyer brick factory (possibly in Békásmegyer), where her parents were assembled; being transported in cattle cars to Auschwitz; arriving in Auschwitz on July 1, 1944; spending six weeks in the camp before being transferred to Neusalz; her work pitching hay in the fields, then being sent to work in a cotton factory; being sent with 900 girls on a death march for six weeks starting on February 16, 1945 to Bergen-Belsen; getting frost bite; being liberated by the British Army; getting shot in the shoulder and being taken to a field hospital; being taken on a boat to Malmo, Sweden, and then to a sanatorium in Ekeberg, Sweden, as she was very sick with tuberculosis; spending two and a half years in the sanatorium, and then three more years studying microbiology in Sweden afterwards; and moving to Australia.
    Irene Stanbrook
    Nora Huppert
    interview:  1990 January 09
    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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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Stanbrook, Irene, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Irene Stanbrook on January 9, 1990 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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