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Oral history interview with Regina Laks Gelb

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0057 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0013

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Regina Laks Gelb, born on December 26, 1929 in Starachowice, Poland, discusses her two surviving sisters Anna Laks Wilson and Rosalie Kristina Lehrman; her attachment to her maternal grandmother Sara Tannenblume, who perished in Treblinka with all other maternal relatives; the series of camps she was sent to beginning in October 1942 and including Shellneetsa, Afectencomer, Ravensbruck, and Radsoff, from which she escaped during a forced march; her move to a displaced persons camp in Berlin, Germany with her sister and brother-in-law; her arrival in New York City, where she attended high school and some college until moving to Bloomington, Indiana to teach at the language school at Indiana University; eventually completing her undergraduate degree; her marriage to Victor Gelb and birth of two sons Harry and Paul; her career as interpreter/translator, including her service to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum when the Polish archives were released; her strong belief that family and health are the keys to survival; her lifelong attachment to learning and academics; and the importance of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a combination resource center, educational center, and museum.

Interviewee
Ms. Regina L. Gelb
Interviewer
Regina Baier
Date
1998 March 18  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
8 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation