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Oral history interview with Karolina Ciesla

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.603.7 | RG Number: RG-50.637.0007

Karolina Ciesla, born in Łódź, Poland in December 1927, discusses her childhood and family life; the order that Jews must wear the Star of David; her family’s forced relocation to the Łódź ghetto; the miserable conditions in the ghetto; attending school and then vocational training in the ghetto; the death of her father in July 1942 which symbolized the end of her childhood; going into hiding with her mother Sonia and sister Teresa during an Aktion; the local youth organization to which she belonged; her deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau along with her sister, mother, and aunt in August 1944; the murder of her mother upon arrival to the camp; being sent with her sister and aunt to a series of slave labor camps; liberation on May 9, 1945 by Russian forces from a camp in Halbstadt (Meziměstí, Czech Republic); returning to Łódź and being reunited with her sister; and immigrating to Brazil with her husband and daughters in 1957; and finally settling close to her sister in Israel in 1961.

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Karolina Ciesla
Ms. Teresa A. Pollin
interview:  2005 March 22
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:41:13
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