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Oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0320

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    Oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin

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    Interview Summary
    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
    interview:  1995 April 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Joan Ringelheim, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin on April 24, 1995.
    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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    2023-11-16 08:02:04
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