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Oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.56 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0056

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    Oral history interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Twins, Rene Slotkin (born Rene Guttman [Gutman]) and Irene Hizme (born Renatta [Renate] Guttman), describe their stories and memories, starting from their birth on December 21, 1937 in Teplice-Sanov, Czechoslovakia (Teplice, Czech Republic), and continuing through their early lives in Prague; their father, Herbert Guttman, who was arrested as a political prisoner in December 1941 and eventually sent to Auschwitz, where he died; being deported with their mother, Ita, to the Theresienstadt concentration camp and then later to Auschwitz, where the family was separated and where their mother perished; their experiences in Auschwitz, where they were kept separate and subjected to Mengele’s medical experiments on twins; their reunion several years after liberation, thanks in part to an article in Life Magazine that contained a profile of Irene; Operation Rescue Children which brought Irene to the United States; her adoption by the Slotkins; the Slotkins’ search for Rene, eventually finding him living in Czechoslovakia; and Rene’s adoption by the Slotkin family who brought him to the United States in 1950.
    Interviewee
    Irene Hizme
    Rene Slotkin
    Interviewer
    Kevin Wayne
    Date
    interview:  1992 April 12

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Child concentration camp inmates--Poland--Oswiecim. Concentration camp guards--Poland--Oswiecim. Concentration camp tattoos--Poland--Oswiecim. Holocaust survivors--Psychology. Holocaust survivors--United States. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Czechoslovakia--Personal narratives. Human experimentation in medicine. Jewish children in the Holocaust--Czechoslovakia. Jewish orphans--Poland. Jews--Czech Republic--Teplice. Jews--Czechoslovakia. Mass murder--Poland--Oswiecim. National socialism and medicine. National socialism and science. Orphanages--France--Fublaines. Orphanages--Slovakia--Košice. Roll calls--Poland--Oswiecim. Twins. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation. Men--Personal narratives. Women--Personal narratives.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Kevin Wayne, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin in Oceanside, N.Y., on April 12, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:23:47
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