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Oral history interview with Bena Frank

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1365 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1365

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Bena Frank discusses her experiences during the Holocaust; being separated from her family, when they were living in Będzin, Poland ; being sent to forced labor in a cotton factory in Czechslovakia, where she endured hunger, cruelty and abuse at the hands of the Gestapo; her liberation by Soviet troops; her experiences after the war traveling through Germany and Poland; her arrival at Bergen-Belsen D.P. camp after efforts to find her family in Poland had failed; learning that her sister survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; describes her husband's successful efforts to reunite the sisters; her marriage, family, immigration to the United States and the untimely death of her husband.
Mrs. Frank sister, although not identified by name, also participated in the interview. She describes her experiences in a different forced labor factory; on a death march; in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; in Sweden after the war; and her reunion with her sister.

Interviewee
Bena Frank
Date
1983 April 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
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 11:33:26
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