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Oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0320

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Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin were born as fraternal twins on December 21, 1937 in Teplice, Czechoslovakia and describe growing up in Prague; their memories of Germans coming into Prague when they were still young; their family having to stand in long lines waiting to buy food; never seeing their father again after the German soldiers took him away to Auschwitz on December 18, 1941; seeing bodies being taken away in carts, music being played, and waiting in long lines; their deportation to Theresienstadt with their mother; riding on a train to Auschwitz and being separated from their mother and each other; Irene's experiences of undergoing medical tests and witnessing people being beaten; Rene's experiences during roll calls, mass shootings, and during medical experiments; their liberation by Russian troops; being taken in by different families and losing contact with each other until they reunited in the United States on March 29, 1950; and their other memories from their liberation.

Interviewee
Rene Slotkin
Irene Hizme
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1995 April 19  (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