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Oral history interview with Karel Vrba

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0445.8 | RG Number: RG-50.444.0008

Karel Vrba describes how his family was not Romani in origin, but the Nazis persecuted many members of his family; two of his brothers refusing to work for Nazis, and being punished by deportation to Auschwitz concentration camp; living in the southern Bohemia region of Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) when he was accused of stealing; he and his family being taken to Lety concentration camp in Czechoslovakia; being put on kitchen duty, so he did not starve like many others in the camp; not being able to smuggle food out to his family, who all became weak; his daughter falling from a bed and dying and his father dying of typhus; conditions in the camp; the lack of medicine; being allowed at one point to live with his wife in a hut; how most of the guards were relatively fair but some were sadists; being released from Lety and returning home, where his house had been looted; moving to Nova Bystrice, Bohemia (Czech Republic); and being reimbursed for his time in prison.

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Vrba, Karel
interview:  1997 March 12
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:10:38
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