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Oral history interview with Mary Kress

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1353 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1353

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Mary Kress describes her childhood in Czestochowa, Poland; her life in the Czestochowa ghetto after the Nazi invasion until 1942; how she was hidden with her family by a Polish family for 18 months; how she was found, arrested, and imprisoned; her transport to Auschwitz in late 1943; suffering from typhus; her work making string with her aunt and her mother; receiving assistance from another prisoner when she was too weak to work; conditions in Auschwitz; the death march she endured in January 1945; hiding; working on an abandoned farm; their liberation by Soviet troops; their return to Poland; the antisemitsim they encountered there; traveling to Germany to live in a displaced persons camp; and their immigration to the United States in 1949.

Interviewee
Mary Kress
Interviewer
Linda Kenyon
Date
1983 April 11  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:33:18
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