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Oral history interview with Erich Kulka

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

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.


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Interviewee
Erich Kulka
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD.