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Oral history interview with Rene Slotkin

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

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    Oral history interview with Rene Slotkin


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Rene Slotkin
    Regine Beyer
    interview:  1997 September 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Regine Beyer, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Rene Slotkin on September 18, 1997 in New York, NY.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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