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Oral history interview with Anna Post

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.66 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0066

Anna Dulla Post (alias: Salome Czaplinska), born in 1923 in Bronocice, Poland, discusses growing up in a happy observant Jewish family of three daughters and three sons; her family’s move to Dzialoszyce, where her parents owned a flour mill; the German invasion in 1939; having to live in the ghetto; the anti-Jewish laws; doing forced labor digging ditches; the widespread starvation; the deportation of Jews in 1942; pretending to be non-Jewish and getting caught; being ordered to dig her own grave; being released after the Nazi was bribed; her brother and sister leaving their baby at a church and committing suicide after they were denounced to the Nazis; being in the Warsaw ghetto; seeing corpses in the streets; the music and poetry that helped people to cope; the rumors about concentration camps; being sheltered in a heap of hay with the help of two Polish men; fleeing to Kraków; being arrested and staying in a ghetto prison; being sent by cattle car to Auschwitz; arriving in the camp; standing for hours; being tattooed; the shaving of her head; feeling a sense of sisterhood with the fellow inmates; the change in her sense of identity; the conditions in the camp; doing unnecessary labor carrying stones; suffering from typhoid; doing kitchen labor; stealing food for friends; the selections; the smoke from the crematoria; being forced to watch someone hanged; the arrival of thousands more people; being sent on a death march; everyone repeating, “We will survive”; being taken by cattle car to Ravensbrück; being transferred to an airplane factory; doing forced labor painting planes; living off grass and tree bark; seeing American planes; liberation; going to her hometown; her struggle to find herself; the survival of her youngest brother and his death soon after the war from a heart attack; getting married in 1946 to another survivor named Jakob; and her life after the war.

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Anna Post
Mrs. Toby Back
interview:  1991 September 16
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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