Oral history interview with Herta Frieberg
Herta Frieberg, born in Leipsig, Germany, discusses her childhood in Berlin; her expulsion from her university studies because she was Jewish; being barred from competing as a swimmer in the 1936 Olympics; her deportation to a slave labor camp in 1940; her transfer to Auschwitz in cattle cars along with her mother and sister in 1943; her separation from her mother and sister; marching under the “Arbeit Macht Frei” finding out that her mother had been gassed; her reunion in Auschwitz with her sister who came to her block from Birkenau; her transfer from slave labor to a position as a secretary for German soldiers; camp propaganda during a visit by international members of the Red Cross; being sent on a week-long death march in January 1945; her transfer along with her sister to Mauthausen, then to Bergen-Belsen, and then to Ravensbrück; how she and her sister escaped from Ravensbrück and were liberated by Russian soldiers; traveling to the border of Holland with Russian soldiers and being allowed to cross; her immigrationg to the United States in 1949; and her postwar life in the U.S.
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