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Oral history interview with Genia Lebel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.85 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0085

Genia Lebel, born in June 1927, in Nis, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), describes living in Nis until she finished kindergarten and the family returned to Belgrade, Serbia; the sudden bombing of Belgrade and the German entry on April 12, 1941; joining her old kindergarten teacher, Yelena, who was working for the partisans; obtaining documents and a new identity; the partisans' organization and their publication and leaflets; being arrested with Yelena on February 22, 1943; her interrogation and torture; being transferred through Serbia-Croatia to Mariburg on the River Drava and the conditions there; her escape, recapture, and transfer to a labor camp; assuming a new identity (Yoran Kalagy from Wiener-Neustadt); her assignments and how her translating skills helped her out on many occasions; going to Berlin, Germany and the bombardments there; how the Gestapo housed them in 31 Oranienburg near the Berlin synagogue that was burned during Kristallnacht; returning to Belgrade; experiencing survivor’s guilt; going back to school; working as a journalist for the paper Politika; seeing Jewish suffering, communism, and antisemitism in postwar Yugoslavia; being a political prisoner and writing a book on that period; being held on Goli otok and Sveti Grgur, where she experienced beatings and hard labor; and her immigration to Israel.

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Lebel, Genia
interview:  1991 August 07
9 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:41
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