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Oral history interview with Gina Schweitzer Beckerman

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0259

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    Oral history interview with Gina Schweitzer Beckerman


    Interview Summary
    Gina Schweitzer Beckerman, born in 1920 in Łódź, 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 Łódź 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.
    Gina S. Beckerman
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1994 July 13
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Randy M. Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Gina Schweitzer Beckerman on July 13, 1994.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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