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Oral history interview with Regina Cohen

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    Oral history interview with Regina Cohen


    Interview Summary
    Regina Cohen (née Schick), born in Chust, Czechoslovakia (now Khust, Ukraine) May 4, 1929, describes being the fifth child of nine in a middle-class Orthodox family; her family’s religious life; participating in Zionist youth groups; life at the beginning of the war and under the Hungarian occupation; the segregation of Jewish and Gentile children; her father’s service in the Hungarian Army; the deportation of Jews from Chust; the Judenrat (Jewish council); being sent with her family to the ghetto in Chust in May 1944; receiving help from a Hungarian grocer named Borosch; experiencing antisemitism and having to wear a yellow star; being deported to Auschwitz; the selection process in the camp; being sent to Birkenau; being treated with DDT and having her head shaved; seeing her brothers and father in the camp; daily routines in the camp and the roll calls; her work digging ditches and sorting clothes in the Kanada section of the camp; food rations and punishments in the camp; avoiding selections; religious practice in the camp; camp gossip; receiving a vaccination against typhoid fever; volunteering to change camps and going to work in a Siemens factory near Nuremberg, Germany; lying about her age; conditions in the camp; being moved to another camp (probably Mehltheuer); being liberated in April 1945 by American troops; returning home and finding one sister and one brother still alive; moving with her sister out of Russian-occupied Czechoslovakia into a displaced persons (DP) camp in Heidenheim, Germany, where they stayed for three years; continuing her education in the DP camp; learning English in order to move to Montreal to be a mother's helper for a Jewish family; post-war antisemitism; going to Canada; meeting her future husband on the ship to Montreal; going to the United States in 1952; sharing her Holocaust story; the loss of most of her family; and the reasons why she thinks she survived.
    Regina Cohen
    Eva Lipton
    interview:  1982 April 18

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes : analog.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Antisemitism--Ukraine--Khust. Blockälteste. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camp inmates--Selection process. Disinfection and disinfectants--Poland--Oswiecim. Forced labor. Head shaving--Poland--Oswiecim. Holocaust survivors--United States. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Religious aspects--Judaism. Hungarians--Ukraine. Jewish councils--Ukraine--Khust. Jewish youth--Europe--Societies and clubs. Jews--Czechoslovakia. Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Ukraine. Jews--Segregation--Ukraine. Jews--Ukraine--Khust. Kapos. Refugee camps--Germany--Heidenheim an der Brenz. Roll calls. Rosh ha-Shanah. Star of David badges. Typhoid fever. World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor. Yom Kippur. Zionists. Women--Personal narratives.
    Personal Name
    Cohen, Regina, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    University of Michigan-Dearborn
    The University of Michigan, Dearborn conducted the interview with Regina Cohen. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes in November 1992.
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