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Oral history interview with Regina Laks Gelb

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0078

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

Regina Laks Gelb, born on December 16, 1929 in Starachowice, Poland, describes her family and two sisters; a roundup of Jews on October 27, 1942 where she and her father were selected for forced labor and sent to a German munitions factory in a nearby camp called Strzelnica; her mother’s transport to Treblinka, where she perished; reuniting with her sisters when Strzelnica merged with the Majowka labor camp, where her sisters had been sent after the selection; the entire camp’s move to an area near railroad tracks in late July 1944; the August 1944 deportation of herself, her two sisters, and her father to Auschwitz; going to work with her sisters in the Effektenkammer (Kanada), a warehouse for the confiscated belongings of non-Jewish political prisoners in Auschwitz; surviving a January 1945 death march to Ravensbrück, which was overflowing with prisoners who were being collected from camps outside of Germany as the Nazis retreated; managing to secure three places on a transport to Retsow, a women’s sub-camp of Ravensbrück, where she worked as a maid for an SS woman; the evacuation of the camp in April 1945 and, with her sisters, being part of a melee of people running deeper into Germany; breaking away from their march with a group of prisoners and finding an empty farmhouse, where they stayed until Russian troops liberated the area in May 1945; traveling with her sisters to Lódz, Poland, where they reunited with their one surviving relative, their uncle; attending school in Lódz for some time and then moving to Berlin, Germany, where she applied for a visa; and immigrating to the United States on February 11, 1947.

Interviewee
Ms. Regina L. Gelb
Interviewer
Susan Williams
Date
1991 September 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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