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Oral history interview with Edit Kosidois

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.327 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0327

Edit Kosidois, born in 1926 in Osek, Czechoslovkia (possibly Osek, Severočeský kraj, Czech Republic), describes her childhood; her family’s move to Prague, Czech Republic; her daily life, adolescence, social life, and first boyfriend during the years 1939-1940; the deportations in 1941; being transported with her family to the Łódź ghetto; working in a rug factory; the hanging of someone who tried to escape; her physical and mental condition; singing and reading after work; the poet Lange who died in the ghetto; food rations and the black market; her father being taken in the first selection; being sent to a straw factory where they made shoes in 1943; her illness and the lice infestation; her friendships in the ghetto; her thoughts on Rumkowski; seeing the ghetto burning in August 1944; her deportation to Auschwitz; life in the camp, including the roll calls, Kapos, and food; Mengele’s selection of her to leave the camp; her transport from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen; the difficult winter; how the SS women were crueler than the men; her transport to Salzwedel after spending a winter in Bergen-Belsen; becoming a sort of waitress at the new camp; working in an ammunition factory in camp Neuengamme; becoming ill with a skin infection; the bombing of the camp in March 1945; being liberated by Americans on April 14, 1945; being taken out of the camp and housed at a German air force base; being taken to Heidelberg, Germany and returning to Prague at the end of June; getting married after the war but divorcing; her overall thoughts about her war experiences; her move to Israel and marriage to another survivor; and deciding not to have children because of the cruelty of the world.

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Edit Kosidois
interview:  1998 March 25
16 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:55
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