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Oral history interview with Rosa Nissenholz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0097.7 | RG Number: RG-50.043.0007

Rosa Nissenholz, born in Grobrovo, Poland, describes her parents and older brother; the invasion in 1939; having to wear a yellow star; the anti-Jewish laws; being taken when she was age 15 in January 1940 to a textile factory in Greenberg (possibly Grünberg concentration camp); being in shock when she arrived at the camp and remaining there for four year; the female inmates no longer menstruating; her work in the factory; visiting a factory in Sweden after the war; food in the camp; methods for survival; writing postcards home, but only in German; how on Sundays the prisoners would lie in their bunks and talk about their lives before the war; stealing yarn from the factory; her brother being taken six months after her to a men's forced labor camp; feeling lucky that she never got really sick in the camp; being forced to march for four weeks in the winter; being taken in cattle cars to Bergen-Belsen; conditions in the camp; being liberated by the British; learning of her brother’s death; going to Sweden on a boat and having gangrene in her foot from the death march; being in the hospital for seven months; antisemitism before the war; moving to the United States in 1947; meeting her husband Paul in St. Paul, MN and how he also survived the Holocaust; survivors in the Twin Cities area; and her thoughts on Israel.

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Rosa Nissenholz
interview:  1982 June
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:58
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