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Oral history interview with Perry Roth

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.416.10 | RG Number: RG-50.650.0009

Perry Roth (née Freed), born December 16, 1915 in Užhorod, Czechoslovakia (Uzhhorod, Ukraine), discusses the arrival of Polish immigrants in Užhorod; how when the Germans arrived they took over a large Jewish home; her family life and her sister, Susan Roth; her father’s death in 1921; the collection of Jewish property; seeing the forced march to a ghetto; not having to go the ghetto because her father was dead; the laws and restrictions placed on Jews; her experiences on the transport to Lübberstedt, Germany; her year-long imprisonment in Lübberstedt; arriving at Auschwitz and seeing the infamous sign; the last time she saw her step-father and step-brother; the selection process; being separated from her mother and beaten; the gas chambers; her time in Auschwitz; being forced to sing German songs when they marched to work; working at an underground munitions factory filling bombshells near Lübberstedt; leaving Lübberstedt in April 1945, traveling by foot, trucks, and train; experiencing air raids; how many of their group got on a boat, which was subsequently bombed; how the SS guards pleaded for forgiveness when they realized the Germans were going to lose; being liberated on May 6, 1945 by the British Army; being put in a displaced persons camp; her fiancé’s immigration to the United States in 1939; working with her cousins for the British Army as waitresses; going to Paris, France where her fiancé was stationed and getting married; and immigrating to the U.S.

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Perry Roth
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  1982 May 26
Oral histories.
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Ringelheim
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:26:16
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