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Oral history interview with Vera Korkus

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.155 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0155

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Ms. Korkus's childhood in Vienna, Austria, the onset of World War II, and the opportunity that she and her sister had to go a Kindertransport, which they both refused. She recalls the forced move she and her family made in 1940 to Jewish ghetto in Vienna, their transport in October 1942 to an unnamed camp, where her father died of lung cancer, and she and her mother's transport to Auschwitz two years later. Ms. Korkus describes being separated from her mother, her reunion with her sister, the terrible conditions at Auschwitz, and her encounter with Dr. Josef Mengele. She describes being transported to Kurzbach, a subcamp of GrossRosen, where she endured forced labor and a 3-day march to Bergen Belsen. Ms. Korkus discusses her escape from this march, finding protection from the Germans with Russian soldiers, and sexual assaults that occurred while in their care. She describes her life after the war, moving to Bohemia (Czech Republic), then Vienna, and in 1949, her immigration to the United States.

Interviewee
Vera Korkus
Date
1992 September 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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