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Oral history interview with Hana Paluch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.377 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0377

Hana Paluch, born in 1927, discusses being one of eight children in an orthodox family; living in Będzin, Poland; attending a Jewish school; antisemitism immediately before the war; German invasion; soldiers beating her father and cutting off his beard; her family's deportation; her deportation to Grünberg; slave labor in a textile factory; a death march to Neusalz (now Nowa Sól, Poland); becoming depressed; several prisoners committing suicide; a death march to Ravensbrück, then Flossenbürg one month later; her friend sharing extra bread; train transfer to Auschwitz, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; hospitalization in Sweden; illegal immigration by ship to Palestine; incarceration in Cyprus; marriage; her husband's military draft; reunion with two sisters; immigrating to Australia to join her husband's brother; returning to Israel in the 1970s; her husband's recent death; more details on life in the camps, including fasting on Yom Kippur and praying in camps; nightmares resulting from her experiences; continuing to believe in God; and sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren.

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Paluch, Hana
interview:  2000 May 25
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:10:11
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