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Oral history interview with Lisa Rozsa

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.574.2 | RG Number: RG-50.925.0001

Lisa Rozsa, born Elise Liebschütz on August 27, 1917 in Brno (present-day Czech Republic), discusses her parents Jacques (1888-1942) and Selma (née Bogad) Liebschütz (1895-1980); her sister Gerda (1919-1944); meeting her future husband Imre Rozsa; his position as a civil engineer in Iraq; joining him in Iraq in 1939 where they were married; contributing to the war effort through the Ministry of Defense in that country; working for the Indian Red Cross in Basra; events in the war in North Africa, leading the British colonial authorities in Iraq to declare residents with passports from Axis-held countries to be enemy aliens; being interned by the British in Palestine and then Entebbe, Uganda; their release from the internment camp after which Imre joined the British military forces in East Africa as an engineer; living in Kenya as British citizens after the war; her family in Brno who had been subjected to the anti-Semitic measures following the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in 1939; the seizure by authorities of the family business, a freight and shipping company, which was then taken over by one of the non-Jewish Czech employees; her parents’ and sister’s deportation to Theresienstadt; her father’s death from pneumonia; her sister’s deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she died in April 1944; her mother’s deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she remained as a forced laborer for several months; how her mother avoided the gas chamber by joining a group of women on a transport to Christianstadt, a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen, where she remained as a forced laborer until that camp was evacuated in February 1945; how her mother escaped from a death march only to be captured and sent to Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) and then Theresienstadt where she was liberated in 1945; how her mother joined her in Nairobi after the war; how she and her husband established a successful life in Nairobi; moving to the United States to join her daughter and son-in-law and their family.

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Lisa Rozsa
interview:  1993 December 16
1 videorecording.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mara Senn
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:54
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