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Oral history interview with Lily Blayer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.5 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0005

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    Oral history interview with Lily Blayer


    Interview Summary
    Lily Blayer, born March 8, 1916 in Berehove, Czechoslovakia (now in Ukraine), describes her father’s delicatessen and bakery; living in a mixed neighborhood and having Jewish and non-Jewish friends; her family and being raised Orthodox; the beginning of the war and the Hungarian occupation of their part of Czechoslovakia; the bad conditions under the Hungarian occupation and not receiving help from their non-Jewish neighbors; his father losing his shop in 1942; the ghetto; the German occupation in the spring of 1944; how her brother had been sent to labor camps in 1941; being deported in May 1944 by cattle car to Auschwitz; the selections and being separated from her family; her work in the camp; being left in the hospital during the camp evacuation; being liberated by the Russian Army; and how her experiences influenced her life and outlook.
    Lily Blayer
    interview:  1988 August 21
    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
    Blayer, Lily, 1916-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Lily Blayer on August 21, 1988. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
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