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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
interview:  1946 August 04
Language
English
German
Genre/Form
Poetry.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Library of Congress
 
Record last modified: 2020-09-10 13:40:53
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