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Oral history interview with Regina Laks Gelb

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    Oral history interview with Regina Laks Gelb

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    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 Łódź, Poland, where they reunited with their one surviving relative, their uncle; attending school in Łódź 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
    interview:  1991 September 30
    Geography
    creation: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used for sale in the Museum Shop. Interview cannot be used by a third party for creation of a work for commercial purposes.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gelb, Regina Laks, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Susan Williams, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Regina Laks Gelb on July 7, 1992 in Washington, DC.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:00:37
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