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Oral history interview with Aliza Green

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

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.


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