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Oral history interview with Lily Baron

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0127.3 | RG Number: RG-50.154.0003

Lily Baron, born in 1910 in Prague, Czech Republic, describes her parents, who died before she was six years old; her older sister; their adoption by their maternal aunt and her husband; their aunt’s death a month before the actual adoption, and being adopted by their aunt’s husband; their adopted father’s successful wholesale metal business; finishing high school; her sister’s work with their adopted father; getting married in 1939 to a man who owned a necktie factory; being captured by the Germans on October 30, 1941 and sent to the Theresienstadt work camp; the conditions in the camp, including sanitation, food, and sleeping facilities; the deaths of many of the inmates; being in the camp with her husband, sister, brother-in-law, and her sister’s two children; the regular deportation from the camp; the deportation of her husband to Auschwitz at the end of 1944 and following him a week later; not seeing her husband again; her sister and her family surviving the war in Theresienstadt; being sent on a death march and deciding she had to escape; staying in a barn with a friend and being picked up by Russian troops; returning to Prague in May 1945; getting married to her second husband in 1946; working in a chemical factory; moving to London, England in 1947 and staying there for three years; living in Montreal, Canada; and later moving to the United States.

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Lily Baron
interview:  1986 March 05
1 sound cassette (90 min.).