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Oral history interview with Lola Blatt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1329 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1329

Lola Blatt discusses her childhood in Bedzin, Poland; her memories of the invasion of Poland in September 1939; her family's intial flight from and then return to Bedzin; the anti-Jewish actions, including the burning of the synagogue and the murder of Jewish men, undertaken by the Nazis with the assistance of the Volkdeutsche (Poles of German ancestry) and local Polish citizens; the family's resettlement from their home to another section of town and finally to the ghetto; the forced labor she performed; the ongoing selections; the liquidation of the ghetto; being sent by cattle car to Auschwitz-Birkenau, probably in 1942, where she remained for three years; the horrific conditions, including disease, humiliation, brutality, enforced prostitution of non-Jewish women, executions, gas chambers and mass murder; her brother's hanging for a failed escape plan; the Sonderkommando uprising and the assistance of Jewish women who smuggled gunpowder out of the factories where they were working, four of whom were later hung, one of whom was Ms. Blatt's cousin; the death march she endured in the winter of 1945; her escape and the assistance she received from a Polish farmer; escaping to Silesia, where she remained hidden until liberation; her feelings on her pride in her Jewish identity; the difficulty of resolving her past experiences; and the importance of remembrance.

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Blassberg, Sylvia
interview:  1983 April 10
Oral histories.
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:31:57
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