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Oral history interview with Erich Kulka

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.126 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0126

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    Oral history interview with Erich Kulka


    Interview Summary
    Erich Kulka, born in Czechoslovakia, discusses his experiences in Auschwitz; the crematoria; the pits in the camps and hearing the cries but not seeing because the pits were obscured by planks; his observations at end of 1944 when the gassing stopped; the S.S. beatings waning; prisoners in last transfer from Slovakia who were not placed in selection; their commandant believes that Hitler would carry on annihilating Czechs & Poles; officers fleeing the camp; being forced with other prisoners to march from the camp to a train station; being loaded like sardines in coal trucks; escaping and reuniting with his mother and two sisters; his father having been shot at Sachsenhausen; losing 60 relatives in the Holocaust; his marriage; his pride in his sons who achieved successful careers; his life’s mission sharing his story; his concern that the Holocaust could happen in other nations; his pursuit to believe in God's existence; his contact with people Dr. Mengele had experimented on; the artist Dina Gottliebová Babbitt; the corruption among the S.S., and their abuse of women prisoners; S.S. women being fond of using dogs to attack women prisoners; at night, prisoners committing suicide on electric fence, and the special commando in charge of picking up suicide victims.
    Erich Kulka
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) donated the interview with Erich Kulka to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 2016.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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