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Oral history interview with Rita Bennayor

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.22 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0022

Rita Bennayor, born circa 1926 in Salonika (Thessalonike), Greece, describes being 17 years old when in 1943 she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau along with her parents, two brothers, and her elder brother's wife and four children; how she and her elder brother were the only ones in her family to survive; working as a slave laborer in Auschwitz, working in road construction and then in a shoe repair detail; being force marched to Ravensbrück in the fall of 1944; doing road construction work in the camp; being transferred to a Ravensbrück subcamp; being liberated by the Russians; walking across Germany with around two dozen other liberated prisoners for three weeks until they reached the American zone of occupation; going to Paris, France, where she received help from refugee relief organizations; living in a home for adult displaced people; and her hope to join her uncles in Hartford, Connecticut.

Interviewee
Rita Bennayor
Interviewer
David P. Boder
Date
1946 August 05  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Library of Congress