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Oral history interview with Rose Meyers

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.46 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0046

Rose Lewkowitz Meyers, born 1921 in the small town Siemianowice, Silesia, Poland (Siemianowice Śląskie), describes her happy childhood with two brothers in a close-knit family; her father’s clothing store on Ulica Wandy street (now called Ulica Matejki street); the family moving to Pinczów, a small town in Poland; the German invasion in 1939 and the random shootings of people in the streets; her father losing a leg in WWI; her family having to leave; going to Sosnowietz (Sosnowiec), Poland; all the girls being collected in a school and sent by cattle car to a labor camp, where she worked in the kitchen; being there for a month before she had to walk several miles to another camp where her brother was located; her brother being sent to Auschwitz, where he died; her parents also perishing; being sent to a camp in Gross-Rosen, where she stayed from 1941 to 1943; witnessing the severe beatings; being taken to a camp in Schatzlar (Žacléř) just inside Czechoslovakia; working in a spinning mill together with some outside local people; the unsanitary conditions and inadequate food in the camp; being liberated by the Russians in 1945; being helped by a Czech woman she had worked with in the spinning mill; returning home and not finding any surviving family members; leaving for Germany, where she lived at first in Stuttgart; going to Munich, where the JOINT paid for her schooling; going to Buffalo, NY in 1949; receiving some money from Germany; getting married and experiencing difficulties having children; having two sons and a daughter; telling her stories to her children who found them hard to believe; and her hope that people will be smart enough to prevent a repeat of such events.

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Rose Meyers
Mrs. Toby Back
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