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Oral history interview with Lillian Saunders

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.416.7 | RG Number: RG-50.650.0006

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Lillian Saunders (née Konigsbach), born in 1929 in Munkatch, Czechoslovakia (Mukacheve, Ukraine), discusses her family; the family business; her father’s death in 1939; her siblings; how the men were taken for forced labor beginning in 1940; antisemitic laws; her memories of Theresienstadt; her daily experiences with her sister in Auschwitz in 1944; barely missing selections and twice being saved from gas chambers; the cessation of her menstrual period, which she attributes to drugged food in camp; sleeping arrangements in the barracks; her fear of being raped by German and Hungarian men while imprisoned; her family relations and life after her liberation; and her postwar work as a bookkeeper for thirteen years.

Interviewee
Lillian Saunders
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1984 January 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Ringelheim
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