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Oral history interview with Anna Post

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.49 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0049

Anna Post, born in Poland, describes the war starting when she was 16 years old; not believing what would happen and thinking that Poland merely would be occupied; her happy childhood as the youngest of three sisters and three brothers; living ten people to a room after 1940; the scarcity of food and having to wear a star; people being deported to unknown destinations; reporting for forced labor one day and the city being empty when she returned; never seeing her parents again; being hid by two Polish men then moving to Krakow, Poland, where she obtained forged papers; being arrested by the Gestapo, beaten, and then taken to Auschwitz (she shows photographs with inmates); daily life in the camp; the roll calls; sleeping conditions; getting sick for a few weeks; witnessing the hanging of a friend who attempted escape; the electric electrified barbed wire and keeping each other from touching it; dreaming about meals and singing to keep themselves going; hearing about the Warsaw ghetto uprising; an uprising of the people who worked at the crematoria in Birkenau; being evacuated and marched out of the camp in January 1945; being sent to Ravensbrück; being assigned to work in a munitions factory and saved by a friend from the kitchen; being liberated and the feeling of freedom; returning to Poland by horse and buggy; going to her home town then Krakow and not finding any relatives; having nightmares; attending a university; getting married and having a son and a daughter; trying to leave but not getting a passport until after Stalin died; and the comparison of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz.

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Anna Post
Mrs. Toby Back
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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