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Oral history interview with Irene Stanbrook

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

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.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Stanbrook, Irene
Huppert, Nora
interview:  1990 January 09
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.
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