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Oral history interview with Jana Marhoulová

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0445.18 | RG Number: RG-50.444.0018

Jana Marhoulova (née Lagrinova), born on April 29, 1932 into a Romani family, describes living in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); her father being arrested in 1940 and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and then to Buchenwald and Dachau; her father not returning from Dachau; being taken in May 1942 to a collection camp in Prague and then to Lety concentration camp in Czechoslovakia with the rest of her family; her mother and sister securing jobs cleaning the gendarmes' homes, which allowed them to obtain some food; attempting escape once, but being captured and punished with beatings; the camp being evacuated in March 1944; leaving the camp and going to live with her grandmother; refusing to go to school and often running away from home; her grandmother sending her to a reform school in Chroustovice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) managed by nuns and staying there for six years; leaving school when she became independent at age 21; working in kitchens; and getting married and having one child.

Jana Marhoulova
Julie Rosenberg
Nancy Magidson
interview:  1997 June 21
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
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:27
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