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Oral history interview with Bella Zgnilek

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.17 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0017

Bella Zgnilek, a displaced person at the Jewish home for adults in Paris, France, discusses her work with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Paris after liberation; learning English in school in Sosnowice, Poland before the outbreak of World War II; how her brother was shot for violating a curfew; her time in a work camp, and learning from other prisoners about the killing in Auschwitz concentration camp; her experiences in Gross-Rosen concentration camp; working in a flax spinning factory near Gross-Rosen; her experiences in Gabersdorf concentration camp; working in an office as a typist in Gabersdorf until the time of liberation; her liberation by Russian troops; and her journey from Germany to France after liberation. At the conclusion of the interview, David Boder invites Zgnilek to sing a song that she remembers from the camps. She also reads a poem that she wrote while in Gabersdorf. Before ending the interview, she adds her regards to friends in America.

Interviewee
Bella Zgnilek
Interviewer
David P. Boder
Date
1946 August 04  (interview)
Language
English
German
Genre/Form
Poetry.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Library of Congress
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