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Oral history interview with Frances Gage

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.684 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0684

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Frances Gage was born Frances Szefler in Lubraniec, Poland on August 15, 1923. She married Henry Gage in 1940 and had a daughter, Erika. Separated from her husband in 1941, Mrs. Gage and her mother and brothers were sent to the Lodz ghetto, where they lived until transported to Auschwitz after the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto in August 1944. Mrs. Gage's young daughter was taken from her in September 1942 in the infamous Gehsperre deportation of children and the elderly from Lodz to the death camp of Chelmno, where she perished.

Mrs. Gage was separated from her mother and brothers, all of whom perished, upon arrival at Auschwitz; she was subsequently sent to Freiberg to work in an airplane factory, and finally to Mauthausen concentration camp, where she was liberated by American forces.

Reunited with her husband, who had survived, the Gages had a second daughter, Ruth, and immigrated to the United States in 1949. They settled in San Francisco, where they had two sons, Benjamin and George, and where Mrs. Gage was active in Jewish community and philanthropic organizations. Her husband Henry died in 2004, and Mrs. Gage died on September 5, 2007.

Interviewee
Frances Gage
Date
1991 June 05  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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