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Oral history interview with Hela Manesberg

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

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.

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Manesberg, Hela
interview:  1993 July 01
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:01
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