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Oral history interview with Helen Spitzer Tichauer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2002.345 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0462

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Helen Spitzer Tichauer, born in 1918, discusses her journey to and arrival in Auschwitz concentration camp from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; her first impressions of Auschwitz; the internal organization of the camp and the various jobs she had there, including working in a demolition crew and painting stripes on prisoner uniforms; the selections of women to go to the gas chambers; becoming ill with typhus but recuperating from her illness with the help of friends; her relationship to some of the female guards at Auschwitz; her transfer to Birkenau; the functions of different offices in the camp; roll calls in camp; getting food parcels in the camp and exchanges for extra food; the administration of the hospital; sending reports about the status of the camp to Berlin; a model of the camp that she made; the distribution of goods in the camp; a friend's unsuccessful attempt to escape; and how punishment was directed in the camp.

Interviewee
Helen S. Tichauer
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2000 September 07  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
7 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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