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Oral history interview with Anna Szyller Palarczyk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0418 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0376

Anna Szyller Palarczyk, born on July 21, 1918 in Kraków, Poland, describes her family; studying law in Kraków before World War II; working for the underground organization Armed Struggle Alliance; the arrest of everyone in her underground group in June 1942 and their deportation to Montelupich, where they faced harsh interrogations; her transport on August 17, 1942 to Auschwitz, where she was selected as a cleaning woman for Lauder Kommandant Otto Schmidt; walking to the Birkenau camp and being admitted to the sick-room in Birkenau for flu-like symptoms; her experiences in camp with having little food and seeing dead bodies lying around her; the women guards, including Margot Drexler (Dreschel); Katya Singer, who was from Mariková, Slovakia and was appointed as a Raportschreiberin (assistant to the guards) and her activities in the camp; making friends in the camp, which helped her to survive emotionally; the roll calls and selections she went through; the black market in Auschwitz; the Red Cross sending packages to Jewish women in the camps; concerts that were played sometimes in the camps; discovering the fates of her family and friends after the war; and seeing the Russian Army unite with the American Army during liberation.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Anna S. Palarczyk
Mr. Jacek Nowakowski
interview:  1996 August 19
Oral histories.
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
5 sound cassette (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-05-06 11:51:50
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