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Oral history interview with Cecilie Klein-Pollack

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0030 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0012

Cecilie Klein-Pollak (née Cecilia Goldensile), born on April 13, 1925, in Yasinna, Czechoslovakia (IAsinia, Ukraine), discusses her experience in Auschwitz and how the Holocaust overwhelmingly changed her outlook on life; meeting her husband while both were working as dental lab technicians in Budapest, Hungary after liberation; arriving in New York City in December 1948 and spending most of the next two years in a sanatorium to recover from TB; her two published books of poems, “Out of the Ashes” and “Poems of the Holocaust” and her published memoirs, “Sentenced to Live”; her three children and her second husband, Isaac Pollak, a survivor of Buchenwald; attending the first reunion of Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem; the ongoing effects of the Holocaust on her emotional well being; how she has never returned to her homeland; and her gratitude for the work of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Klein-Pollack, Ms. Cecilie
Donahue, Arwen
interview:  1998 February 24
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:07
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