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Oral history interview with Rachel Frankowitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.2 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0002

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Rachel Frankowitz (née Magda Herbtz), born in Kosice, Slovakia, describes the German occupation; her family; her father being taken to the army; being taken to a ghetto in 1944; doing forced labor in a brick factory; being taken to Auschwitz in May 20, 1944; being told to say she was 16 years old even though she was 14 at the time; never seeing her family again; witnessing the murder of children who were transported from Theresienstadt; being taken to labor camp near Bremen, Germany; being sent to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated from Bergen-Belsen and falling ill after eating food from the British liberators; typhus in the camp; liberation day; being cared for in a children's ward in a hospital in Celle, Germany; her preparations for immigration to Palestine; going to Palestine via Marseille, France; arriving in Haifa and being transferred to the Atlit detention camp; going to Kibbutz Dorot with other youths and staying there until 1948; joining the Israeli Army in 1948; getting married and her husband’s early death; being a kindergarten teacher and remarrying; living in Kiryat Gat; visiting Bergen-Belsen later in the 1990s; and deciding to share her story.

Interviewee
Rachel Frankowitz
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 23  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..