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Oral history interview with Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.53 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0053

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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, born in 1925 in Breslau, Germany (Wroclaw, Poland), describes her parents and her two older siblings; her educational background; antisemitism; the first restrictions against Jews; moving to Berlin, Germany to study cello; Kristallnacht; her family’s attempts to emigrate; life in Germany after the outbreak of war; working in a toilet paper factory; living standards; the deportation of her parents in 1942; forging papers for French workers; attempting to escape to France with forged papers; being arrested and imprisoned in 1943; a suicide attempt; her interrogation by the Gestapo; her trial at Sondergericht June 5, 1943; returning to Gestapo custody; being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau; selections for the women’s camp orchestra; the role and organization of the orchestra; being interned in Bergen-Belsen; the comparison between Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz; the disorganization of camp; remaining with her women's orchestra friends in Bergen-Belsen; liberation; Hungarian guards; the conditions for women's orchestra at Auschwitz; and the 'Canada' warehouse where inmate's belongings were kept.

Interviewee
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
Date
1991 March 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:52:11
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