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Oral history interview with Lucille Eichengreen

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.251 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0417

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

Lucille Eichengreen, born on February 1, 1925 in Hamburg, Germany, discusses her happy childhood; the arrival of SA troops that were placed around her community; being taunted at school for her religion; her family's belief that they were protected as former Polish nationals; her memories of Kristallnacht and of her father being taken away to Poland; shipping most of her family’s household goods to an uncle in Palestine; her father's death in Dachau concentration camp in 1941; her family’s transport to the Lódz ghetto; the conditions in the ghetto, including its lack of food and sanitation; tensions between the Western and the Eastern Jews in the ghetto; her mother’s death in July 1942; how she and her sister buried their mother's body; Chaim Rumkowski's role in the deportation of the young and the old from Lódz, including her sister; the difficulties of finding a job in the ghetto as a woman; her close relationship with Isaiah Spiegel; working in the administrative offices of the ghetto and finding out information to which only few had access; her frequent meetings with Rumkowski and his physical abuse; her deportation from Lódz in the fall of 1944 to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen, where the British liberated her; her immigration to New York after the war and finding a job in a glove factory; and meeting her husband in New York and then moving to California.

Interviewee
Lucille Eichengreen
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2001 November 07  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
7 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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