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Oral history interview with Rene Slotkin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0386 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0008

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Rene Slotkin, born December 21, 1937 in Teplice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses his family’s deportation to Theresienstadt and then to Auschwitz in 1942; being liberated by the Russians in January 1944 when he was seven years old; living with Frank and Edith Maun and their children and being introduced to traditional religious practices; his arrival in the United States on March 29, 1950 and reuniting with his sister Irene at the Meyer Slotkin home in Orange, Long Island, New York; his first marriage and the birth of his three children; joining the National Guard; his second marriage and the birth of his fourth child in 1982; how all four children have remained closely united and have spent time in Israel; his time with Eva Kor’s organization for twin survivors, at which a mock trial was held in 1985 for Dr. Mengele in Yad Vashem; how he and Irene can finally talk about their shared wartime experiences; Irene’s effectiveness as a lecturer; and his lingering feeling of uncertainty as to whether he has lived a truly fruitful life.

Interviewee
Rene Slotkin
Interviewer
Regina Baier
Date
1997 September 18  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation