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Oral history interview with Ilona Schwartz and Peter Schwartz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1448 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1448

Ilona Schwartz discusses her experiences in Auschwitz; the selection she and her sister survived; the forced labor she performed sorting the clothing brought by the prisoners arriving on the train; finding her mother's dress among the piles of clothing; meeting her husband in Hungary in 1946; immigrating to the United States; and the psychological effects of her Holocaust experiences, particularly the anger she still feels when she sees Nazis and KKK members on the television.
Peter Schwartz describes his work as part of a forced labor crew in Russian territory; the terrible conditions; the brutality of the guards; and escaping a building full of men with typhus that had been set on fire by the guards.

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Ilona Schwartz
Peter Schwartz
interview:  1983 April 14
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: 2020-03-24 17:10:36
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