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Oral history interview with Libuse Fries and Erna Fries

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.26 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0026

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    Oral history interview with Libuse Fries and Erna Fries


    Interview Summary
    Libuse and Erna Fries describe growing up in Czechoslovakia near Prague; being raised in the Catholic tradition; the normal relationships that Jews and non-Jews had in Prague; not understanding how the Germans could abuse young children as they did; sneaking around with a false identification card to help the Jews; Erna trying to escape to Switzerland and getting arrested and then transported to a prison in Prague, where she remained from 1942 to 1943; Erna’s transport to Auschwitz in 1943 and then managing to escape to Prague in 1945; and starting a family after the war.
    Erna Fries
    Libuse Fries
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 July 23

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    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Libuse and Erna Fries on July 23,1988 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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