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Oral history interview with Anna Szyller Palarczyk

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

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    Oral history interview with Anna Szyller Palarczyk


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Anna S. Palarczyk
    Mr. Jacek Nowakowski
    interview:  1996 August 19

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
    5 sound cassette (60 min.).

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview may not be used by television or film production without the written consent of Anna Szyller Palarczyk or her sons. The interviewee retains the right to obtain fair compensation for commercial media productions based on this interview. Anna Szyller Palarczyk also retains the rights to her memories and is not precluded from giving interviews to other international media organizations on the same topic.

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    Administrative Notes

    Jacek Nowakowski, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Anna Szyller Palarczyk on August 19, 1996.
    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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