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Oral history interview with Hela Manesberg

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.99 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0099

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    Oral history interview with Hela Manesberg


    Interview Summary
    Hela Manesberg (née Finder), born in 1923 in a village near Bochnia, Poland, describes her family; attending school in Bochnia; how in 1939 the Volksdeutsche in the village took all Jewish property; her family’s move to one room in their maid's home; working in the forest; how in 1942 her mother, brother, and sister were taken on a transport after the first action; escaping with her brother and living together in the ghetto until November 1942, where she worked in a knitting workshop; being taken during the third action and transported to Trzebinia near Auschwitz; her arrival at the camp, searches, and physical exams; being taken by train to Auschwitz; escaping the train and returning to Auschwitz as a non-Jewish Pole; being interrogated by Germans and sent to jail in Wadowice, Poland, where she worked for the city as a cleaning woman; being released from jail and going by train to Kalvarija, Lithuania in May 1944; escaping from one Polish family to another, fearing discovery; the Germans retreating and killing all the Poles in the village where she stayed; returning to Bochnia and reuniting with her brother who returned from Siberia; her post-war marriage; and her move to Israel.
    Hela Manesberg
    interview:  1993 July 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Manesberg, Hela, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Hela Manesberg in Israel on July 1, 1993, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. transferred the taped to the Museum's Archives in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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