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Oral history interview with Mary Kress

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

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.

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Mary Kress
Linda Kenyon
interview:  1983 April 11
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: 2020-03-26 09:42:26
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