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Oral history interview with Linda Breder

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.665 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0665

Linda Breder describes her childhood in Stropkov, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia); the onset of war in 1939; increasing antisemitism and anti-Jewish measures; her arrest in 1942 by Hlinka guards; her transport to Auschwitz, which was the first female transport; the intake measures at the camp; working in Kanada; stealing clothes and food; the increasingly terrible conditions in Auschwitz; learning that her family had perished in the gas chambers; the death march in January 1945 to Ravensbrück; how she escaped and hid in a barn; her liberation by the Soviet Army; her experiences after the war; learning the fates of her large extended family; returning to Czechoslovakia; meeting her husband; having a family; and immigrating to the United States in 1966.

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Linda Breder
Judith Backover
Sandra Bendayan
Judith Heim
Russell Kassman
Irwin Unger
interview:  1990 July 17
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:40
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