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Oral history interview with Sally Abrams

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.26 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0026

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    Oral history interview with Sally Abrams


    Interview Summary
    Sally Abrams, born in Łódź, Poland in 1916, describes the pre-war Jewish community in Łódź and the first antisemitic restrictions; her family participating when the local Kehilla helped the Polish Jews who were expelled from Germany; the occupation of Poland in September 1939 and the beginning of the persecutions, killings, and dispossession of property; life in the ghetto, roundups, and selections, especially of children; Rumkowski; surviving with her family in the Łódź Ghetto until 1944 when they were sent to Bergen-Belsen and later to Auschwitz; avoiding the gas chambers twice but her mother, child, and husband perished; working in the woods at Unterlitz (Unterlüss) during the winter of 1944; working in an ammunition factory; surviving a death march to Gross-Rosen; being sent to an unnamed camp near Bergen-Belsen towards the end of the war in 1945; being liberated by the Allied forces; being stricken with typhus and evacuated to Sweden with the help of Count Folke Bernadotte; a visit by King Gustav of Sweden while she was in a hospital there; studying nursing in Sweden and getting married again in 1946; her two sons being born in Sweden; and immigrating to the United States in 1951.
    Sally Abrams
    interview:  1981 October 13
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

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    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Sally Abrams in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 13, 1981. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 22, 1998.
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