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Oral history interview with Marie Ondrasová

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0445.16 | RG Number: RG-50.444.0016

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Marie Ondrasova, born on January 1, 1927 into a Romani family living in Tvorovice, Czech Republic, describes being the eldest of seven children; not attending school and caring for her family instead; her father being arrested by gendarmes and shot; the rest of her family, including her pregnant mother, being deported to Hodonin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia; being appointed as a nurse in the camp infirmary and helping her mother to give birth; having a privileged position as a nurse in the camp and not having to appear at roll calls; the "racial scientists" coming into the camp to do aesthetic evaluations and the Nazis declaring her grandmother a German; her whole family being moved into the infirmary, where they remained until the camp's liquidation; her family going home, while she stayed at the camp after its evacuation to help; the family being warned of the approaching deportations and setting out on foot to Slovakia; her family being stopped at Hrozenkov and a friendly gendarme hiding them in a jail in Brno-Cejl, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); reuniting after the war with her family and the baby her mother had given birth to in Hodonin; going with her sister to work on the farm of a former employer; her family dispersing throughout the world; selling cotton candy for 25 years at amusement parks; and moving to Liberec, Czechoslovakia and having five children.

Interviewee
Marie Ondrasova
Date
1997 June 20  (interview)
Language
Czech
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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