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Oral history interview with Tema Bauer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.4 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0004

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    Oral history interview with Tema Bauer


    Interview Summary
    Tema Bauer, born May 5, 1916 in Łódź, Poland, discusses her large, very religious family; the Nazi occupation of Łódź and the deportation of her parents; her relocation into the Łódź ghetto in 1940; working in the ghetto kitchen for children until 1942, when the children were deported to concentration camps; hunger and diseases in the ghetto; treatment by the Judenrat and non-Jewish Poles; her transfer to Leipzig where she worked in an ammunition factory making bullets; losing an arm when the factory was bombed; leaving on a forced march from Leipzig to Chernivtsi, Ukraine as Russian forces approached; marching twice to Elbe and back; the death of thousands of people during the march; her sudden liberation; being treated at a Red Cross center; returning to Łódź but not finding any family members; her time in a displaced persons camp in Pocking, Germany, where she married and had a child; emigrating from Germany to the United States, settling in Chicago in 1948; and her feeling that during the war she and others kept their humanity.
    Tema Bauer
    interview:  1992 November 08
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Bauer, Tema, 1916-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Tema Bauer on November 8, 1992. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on May 19, 1993.
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