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Oral history interview with Irena Kirkland

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0274 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0029

Irena Neumann discusses her childhood in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); not having a Jewish identity or religious education; evacuating Prague before the Munich Agreement; returning to the city and learning she was Jewish; adapting to restrictions placed on Jews; her feelings about wearing the yellow star; being deported to Theresienstadt with her family; daily life in the camp; contracting encephalitis; being deported to Auschwitz; conditions in camps Auschwitz and Sachsen Chemnitz; returning to Theresienstadt in May 1945; reuniting with her parents; liberation by Russian soldiers; returning to Prague; beginning university; being arrested and released by communists; and immigrating to the United States in 1956.


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Interviewee
Irena Kirkland
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
interview:  1996 June 26
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:37
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