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Oral history interview with Gina Schweitzer Beckerman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0259

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Gina Schweitzer Beckerman, born in 1920 in Lódz, Poland, describes her family; the German occupation of Poland; her father’s fears for his three daughters and having each of them marry their boyfriends as a preventative measure; being forced with her family into the Lódz ghetto, where her parents joined the Zionist movement; sharing a room with eight other people and working in a factory making uniforms for German soldiers; her deportation in 1942 to Auschwitz, where she had to carry heavy stones and bricks; helping a Romani girl clean herself and, in return, being warned that the people in her barracks would soon be killed, which saved her life; her transfer with five hundred other women to a factory in Halberstadt, Czechoslovakia (now Germany), where they were forced to make guns; remaining in Halberstadt for two years until Soviet soldiers liberated her in 1945; traveling by foot to Poland and then to Italy; waiting in a line to check for surviving relatives and unexpectedly discovering her husband standing in line for the same reason; and immigrating to the United States with her husband.

Interviewee
Gina S. Beckerman
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1994 July 13  (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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Record last modified: 2018-08-27 09:57:12
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