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Oral history interview with Agnes Sassoon

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.34 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0034

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Agnes Sasoon describes her early life in Czechoslovakia, circa 1933 to 1939; her father's work as a teacher; Hitler's visit to her Kindergarten in 1938; attending Jewish school; living in Budapest, Hungary from 1939 to 1944; her father's attempts to help refugees; living in a yellow star house; antisemitism; the difficulties of everyday life; the arrest and transportation of children from her Jewish school in late 1944; being in a camp on the outskirts of Budapest; the suggestion by an Arrow Cross guard that she escape; the efforts of her father to save the family; being sent on a march; deciding not to attempt an escape; food rations; a blessing from a Roman Catholic Bishop; the train journey to Dachau and conditions in the trucks; the cleaning out of the trucks; the bombing of the train; her prior knowledge of concentration camps; arriving in the camp; receiving assistance from an experienced inmate; conditions in the camp; food rations; the relationships between inmates; sanitation; working in a kitchen and a farm; punishments for stealing grain from the farm; the Jewish Kapos; the shooting of a friend, Alex; the punishment for keeping a diary; being in a sample camp shown to Red Cross and the better conditions there; dental treatment; her psychological state; marching to Bergen-Belsen in 1945; being shot by a guard and rescued by Germans and French POWs; being taken to Bergen-Belsen for treatment; her internment at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; the corpses littering the camp; the dehumanization of Jews in the camp; being liberated by the British in April 1945; being rescued from a pile of corpses; being treated in a hospital; her diet; refusing to testify against a SS guard; her attitude towards revenge; being cared for by Major Chutter; her post war life; the emotional impact of her Holocaust experience; resistance in the camps; reuniting with family; and her immigration to Israel.

Interviewee
Agnes Sassoon
Date
1985 October  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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