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Oral history interview with Gerda Schild Haas

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0334

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    Oral history interview with Gerda Schild Haas


    Interview Summary
    Gerda Schild Haas, born in Ansbach, Germany in November 1922, describes her family and the local Jewish community; attending Gymnasium until 1936, when she had to leave because of antisemitic laws; not believing that Hitler would try to make Germany “Judenrein”; her father getting captured and sent to a prison in Nuremberg after Kristallnacht but managing to escape to England in July 1939 and go on to the United States; traveling to Berlin to work as a baby’s nurse in a Jewish hospital; seeing her sister struggling to live while working at a Siemens factory until she was deported to Auschwitz; her deportation to Theresienstadt and trying to take care of children on the transport with her; working on beautification projects in the camp to make it appear decent to the visiting International Red Cross Commission; forming a friendship with a young lady who had a baby in her hospital before their deportation from Theresienstadt; the exchange of cigarettes in the camp and always trying to get food; working in a children’s home and coming up with fantasies with her friends to survive; being released to Swiss forces in a deal Himmler made with the Allies to exchange five million dollars for 1,200 Theresienstadt prisoners in good shape; and eventually immigrating the United States, where she started a family.
    Gerda Schild Haas
    Ringelheim, Dr. Joan
    interview:  1995 June 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Joan Ringelheim, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Gerda Schild Haas on June 12, 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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