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Oral history interview with Janez Šmavc

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.4 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0004

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Janez Šmavc, born in 1932 in Gornji Grad in the former Yugoslavia, describes his father hiding explosives in his shop; his father joining the Partisans; the German occupation of Slovenia in 1942; his family’s deportation to the concentration camp in Celje; the separation of adults and children in Celje; the transfer of children to the concentration camp Frohntleiten; living under the guard of German soldiers and care of nuns with the Red Cross; his transfer to the concentration camp in Kassel, where he was separated from his sister; remaining in Kassel until the end of the war; life in the Kassel concentration camp; Allied airplanes dropping fake money and food coupons in 1944; children collecting the coupons and purchasing food with them; the death of his mother in Auschwitz; liberation by American forces; and his return home with his sister where they found their father.

Interviewee
Janez Šmavc
Date
2009 February 01  (interview)
Language
Slovenian
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:39:45
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