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Oral history interview with Anna Sultanik

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.49 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0049

Anna Sultanik (née Tiger), born May 20, 1929 in Krakow, Poland, describes being the older of two children; her father, Dr. Tiger, a physician; her mother, Sara Meth Tiger; her pre-war memories including her close-knit family’s sheltering of German-Jewish refugees, who were en route to the United States; the sudden changes in her happy and secure, life when the Germans occupied Krakow in September 1939; her father’s escape; the confiscation of the family’s most valuable possessions; being forced to share their apartment with five other families when the ghetto was established; being subjected to involuntary participation in medical experiments; beginning to work in Plaszów work camp in March 1940; her mother volunteering to join her 6-year-old brother in a deportation transport; her work in a stone quarry; Amon Goeth, the camp commander; her narrow escapes from death after being forced to dig her own grave; being hidden from the camp hospital evacuation by her parents’ friends; working as a tailor’s apprentice until Plaszów was evacuated in 1944; the march to Auschwitz and her one-week stay there, followed by a prolonged cattle-car trip to Bergen-Belsen; staying for a year stay in Bergen-Belsen until liberation by the British on April 15, 1945; the immediate tragic aftermath of liberation from the overfeeding of prisoners; her two-year stay in a displaced persons camp in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; her efforts to find her father; getting married in 1948; immigrating to the US with sponsorship of a family who had received pre-war shelter from her family; and her eventual reunion with her father shortly before his death in Israel in 1967.

Interviewee
Anna T. Sultanik
Date
1996 June 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Gratz College Hebrew Education Society
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