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Oral history interview with Edith Riemer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.11 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0011

Edith Riemer, born in 1930 in Berlin, Germany, describes her family; living in a building where the Nazi party had offices; the Nazi offices being burgled and her father being interrogated; her family’s decision to leave Berlin; going to Upper Silesia, Poland; attending a Jewish school; Jewish refugees coming to the town after Kristallnacht in 1938 and her father’s decision to move them further east; going with her mother to Rava-Ruska, Ukraine; her father being taken by the Russians and never seeing him again; going with her mother to Krakow, Poland and staying with family; the searching of Jewish homes on Christmas day 1939; moving to the ghetto of Tarnow, Poland; escaping with her mother to Dukla, where her grandparents lived; hiding with her grandmother in the basement during the Aktions; being helped by an SS man, who was stationed in their house; the massacre of all the Jews in Dukla in the nearby forest; being taken by the SS man to the ghetto in Tarnow to be with her aunt; life in the ghetto; being taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau; being selected for the gas chamber but hiding; being found and beaten; being taken by train to Gross-Rosen to work in an airplane parts factory; being moved from camp to camp, including Buchenwald and Mauthausen; being sent on a death march to Bergen-Belsen when she was 15 years old; being liberated by the British Army; how after liberation many of the surviving inmates got sick and died from eating food they were not used to; going to the Kinderheim (orphanage) in Bergen-Belsen and then in Blankenese, Germany; going to Israel in April 1946 on the ship, Champollion; being taken to Atlit; being taken to Kibbutz Dorot and later to her uncle; going into the army; and getting married and having children and grandchildren.

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Riemer, Ms. Edith Gerda
Rosensaft, The Honorable Hadassah
interview:  1991 October 28
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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