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Oral history interview with Aliza Green

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.253 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0253

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Aliza Green, born in December 1923 in Spisská Stará Ves, Czechoslovakia (now in Slovakia), discusses her early family life; the arrival of the Germans; anti-Jewish events beginning in 1939; being sent to an uncle in Spišské Podhradie; returning home; confiscation of the family store; her twin sister's death from illness in 1941; deportation with another sister to Poprad, then Auschwitz in March 1942; slave labor hauling bricks in Harmęż, then sorting clothing in Canada Kommando; being transferred to Birkenau; separation from her sister and bringing her food; a fellow prisoner hiding her when she had typhus; bribing a Kapo to visit her brother and father; her father giving her family wedding rings; learning her father and brother were selected for gassing; her sister's selection; slave labor on a farm; sabotaging egg production; receiving extra food knitting for German guards; hospitalization for an appendectomy in Birkenau; a death march before she was healed; a privileged prisoner allowing her to ride on a sled; being transferred to open train cars in Szczecin; arriving in Gross-Rosen then being sent to Ravensbrück; volunteering to work in Malchow; receiving food from the Red Cross; escaping from a death march; receiving assistance from French POWs; her liberation by Soviet troops; living in a refugee camp in Neubrandenburg; traveling to Prague, Czech Republic then Kezmarok, Slovakia seeking her fiancé (he did not return); living with other survivors; her post-war life in Israel; nightmares resulting from her experiences; and sharing her experiences with her older son. She shows photographs and sings songs they made up and sang in Poprad and the camps.

Interviewee
Aliza Green
Date
1995 March 30  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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