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Oral history interview with Anna Laks Wilson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.29 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0411

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

Anna Laks Wilson, born October 16, 1924, discusses her childhood in Wierzbnik, Poland; her entrance into school at age 11 in Radom; living in rented rooms and experiencing antisemitism as the only Jewish student in her class; her return home in September 1939 where she set up a school for younger children; her family's move into the ghetto in 1940, her work in the labor bureau, and her later job in the brick factory on the night shift; the liquidation of the ghetto at night while she and sister Krysia were working and how her parents and sister Renia were taken away; her deportation to Majówka, then to Strzelnica; her work typing up daily work lists and deceased prisoners' names; the role of the Judenrat and the Jewish police; her future husband Adash Wilczek’s escape in late 1943 with nine other prisoners from the camp to join Russian partisans in the forest; her deportation to Auschwitz in July 1944 by cattle car with her sisters; her work cutting bulrushes in wetlands then sorting the clothes of incoming Polish prisoners from November to January 1945; the death march beginning January 18, 1945 to Ravensbrück and then to Rechlin; her escape with her two sisters from the camp; and joining up with fleeing Germans and leaving their homes ahead of the arrival of the Russian Army.

Interviewee
Anna L. Wilson
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2001 February 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
12 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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