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Oral history interview with Chana Mehler

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0275

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Chana Mehler, born on December 24 in Secuiesc, Romania, describes growing up in a large family; participating in Zionist activities as a youth; living under Hungarian occupation after 1939; moving into a ghetto in 1944 but not having to wear the yellow star; her and her family’s deportation to Auschwitz, where she lost her parents; meeting Dr. Mengele during her selection but managing to run away from him when he turned from her to speak to someone; transferring to Bergen-Belsen, where she contracted typhoid; her liberation from Bergen-Belsen and traveling to the Gelsenkirchen displaced persons camp; immigrating to Palestine after the war and staying there for a couple of years; and immigrating to the United States in 1957.

Interviewee
Chana Mehler
Interviewer
Dr. Radu Ioanid
Date
1993 December 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (Hi8) : sound, color ; 8mm.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection