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Oral history interview with Lanka Ilkow

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.232.0041

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    Oral history interview with Lanka Ilkow


    Interview Summary
    Lanka Ilkow, born in 1920 in Novoseliza, Czechoslovakia (possibly Novoselytsia, Ukraine), describes her pre-war life; her family’s farm; the four Jewish families in her town and the relations with the non-Jews; being the oldest of her siblings; attending school; her religious life; getting married and living in Berezhany (Ukraine); the Hungarian annexation of parts of Slovakia and life under Hungarian rule; the deportation of her husband to Poland and never seeing him again; being sent to the ghetto in Uzhhorod (Ukraine) with her family in 1944; the fates of her family members; being transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her father was gassed upon arrival; the conditions in the camp; her mother’s death in Auschwitz; being transferred with her sister to the forced labor camp Hundsfeld; the work and conditions in Hundsfeld; being marched out of the camp in January 1945; staying briefly in Gross-Rosen and Mauthausen before being sent to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by the British Army; going with her sister to Sweden; getting married; being sick with typhus while she was pregnant; the Jewish community in Sweden; immigrating to the United States in December 1951; speaking about her experiences; and dealing with her memories of the Holocaust.
    Lanka Ilkow
    Sidney M. Bolkosky
    interview:  1991 October 12
    creation: Southfield (Mich.)

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes : analog.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ilkow, Lanka, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    University of Michigan-Dearborn
    The University of Michigan, Dearborn conducted the interview with Lanka Ilkow. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes in November 1992
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    2023-11-16 08:23:02
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