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Oral history interview with Frank Reiss

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0187

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Frank Reiss, born in 1935 in Berlin, Germany, describes his family; his family’s decision to flee to Czechoslovakia in 1938; his mother’s execution for her work in the Warsaw underground; his father arranging for him to live with a Jewish family who had “bought” their protection; being deported to a camp in Žilina, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia) before they could go into hiding; being released from the camp with the help of Arthur Porges, a friend of the family who had connections in the camp; going into hiding in 1943 in the Slovakian villages of Bardell and Sharfia (near Nitra, Slovakia); hiding in the woods with the Porges family; being sheltered by a Gentile but getting captured by the SS early in 1944; their deportation to a prison in Nitra, a camp in Sered, Czechoslovakia and finally to Theresienstadt in 1945; and being liberated by the Red Army liberation in May 1945.

Interviewee
Mr. Frank Reiss
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1991 June 18  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection