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Oral history interview with Stella Madej

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1280.16 | RG Number: RG-50.225.0016

Stella Madej, born in 1930 in Kraków, Poland, describes her wealthy and assimilated family; an antisemitic incident in school; cordial relations with non-Jews; vacationing in Rabka; German invasion; escaping east with her family for two months eluding the Germans; reaching Tarnów; deciding to return; obtaining a horse in Bochnia; expulsion, from their home; their maid hiding valuables for them; ghettoization in March 1941; non-Jewish friends sending them food; her father working as a ghetto policeman; his warning others of pending round-ups; the liquidation of the children's home; being transferred to Płaszów; her mother reporting her as two years older and always working next to her; Kommandant Amon Goeth abusing her uncle (he was the camp architect); the Rosner family playing music; random killings and public hangings; deportation of all children (she remained with her mother); her uncle arranging for her, her parents, and brother to be on “Schindler's list”; her father's and brother's transfer to Gross-Rosen (she never saw them again); transfer to Birkenau with her mother; hospitalization; a Jewish prisoner doctor caring for her; transfer to Brünnlitz with the other “Schindler women”; meeting Oskar Schindler; liberation by Soviet troops; prisoner relations in the camps; the loss of her childhood; pervasive sadness for many years; and her atheism.

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Stella Müller-Madej
Michal Sobelman
interview:  1995 May 15
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:48:48
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