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Oral history interview with Esther Kemeny

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.193 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0193

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

The interview describes Ms. Kemeny's childhood in Michalovce, Slovakia, her attendance and graduation from law school in 1936, incidents of antisemitism, and her disbarment in 1939 because she was Jewish. Ms. Kemeny discusses meeting her husband, their marriage, the escape of her brothers and father to the United States in 1940, and her and her husband's deportation to Auschwitz in 1944. Ms. Kemeny describes the deplorable conditions at Auschwitz, and the birth and tragic loss of her son while there. She describes her work in the hospital at Auschwitz, the death march she endured, and her experiences at Ravensbruck concentration camp. Ms. Kemeny discusses her liberation by Russian soldiers, the assistance she received from the Red Cross, her return to Slovakia and her reunion with her husband who was in the hospital in Bratislava. She describes their immigration to the United States in 1949, their move to New York and then Ohio, her husband's medical practices, and the birth of her daughter in 1952.

Interviewee
Esther Kemeny
Date
1990 January 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:08:07
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