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Hertha Spier collection

Document | Accession Number: 1996.A.0421

The Hertha Spier collection consists of a short booklet, in English, entitled "Hertha Speir, KZ A-21646; Płaszów-Auschwitz e Bergen-Belsen" which contains a letter written by Hertha Spier in which she describes her Holocaust experiences. Originally from Bielsko, Poland, she describes the German invasion of Poland and being sent to the Kraków ghetto in 1940. She details her experiences in the Płaszów concentration camp where she was forced to make toys and gifts to be sent to Germany. Hertha describes her and her sister Gisela Pemper’s (née Gruber) deportation to the Auschwitz concentration camp and later Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the conditions within the camps, the death of her sister two weeks before liberation, and her own eventual recovery in Sweden. The booklet also includes a reflection on the movie, Schindler’s List. Also included are color copies of pre-war and post-war family photographs with some identifications.

creation:  circa 1993
inclusive:  1923-1946
1 folder
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:06:01
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