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Oral history interview with Chana Königl

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.110.1 | RG Number: RG-50.895.0001

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Chana Königl (aka Chana Andzia Königl Bressler), born in 1908 in Pasieczna (Pasichna, Ivano-Frankivs'ka oblast'), Ukraine, describes being the third of seven children of Josef Königl and Frieda Heckerling Königl; her father’s lumber business; growing up in Nadworna (Nadvirna), Ukraine; her siblings; buying a Ukrainian birth certificate from her maid and assuming the name Anna Hopka; her whole family living in the Nadworna ghetto; her mother dying of typhus in the ghetto; the fates of her siblings and father; fleeing with her sister, Giza, westward to Lvov (L'viv, Ukraine) and later to the Lublin, Poland vicinity; placing her small daughter Klara (born 1939 or 1940) with a Polish family (the Klimeks); her husband, Josef Bressler, hiding in a forest in Poland; registering with Giza at Labor Office (Arbeitsamt) for forced labor in Germany; working on a farm for Herr Kramer; working with her sister in May 1945 for the US Army near Würzburg, Germany; the American soldiers helping them find their brother, Max, in New York; having to go to court to get her daughter back from the Klimek couple; learning of her husband’s death; living in the Ansbach displaced persons camp with Klara; Giza marrying a man in the camp; immigrating to the US in 1947; and marrying Chaim Niesiecki from Baranowicze (Baranavichy, Belarus).

Interviewee
Chana Andzia Königl Bressler
Interviewer
Mr. Martin B. Koenig
Date
1991  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Martin Koenig
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Record last modified: 2018-05-03 07:13:58
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