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Oral history interview with Gita Frankel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.4 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0004

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Gita Engel Frankel, born in Kalisz, Poland in 1925, describes her family; attending a strict Catholic school; being forced to Zdunska Wola, Poland, where she lived for three years in a ghetto; being on a force march in September 1942 to a Jewish cemetery for a selection; how her father was shot trying to protect her younger brother; being transported to the Lodz ghetto with her mother and older brother; her brother's death from starvation; her deportation to Auschwitz with her mother; seeing flames from the crematorium and smelling burning flesh; being stripped; not receiving tattooed numbers; being sent to Stutthof with her mother; her relocation to Praust (Pruszcz Gdański, Poland) without her mother; making cement runways; hearing Russian planes overhead as the war was nearing its end; her reunion with her mother before they were forced on a death march; hiding in a barn when Russian soldiers found them; being sick after liberation and spending 18 months in a hospital; returning to Poland with her mother; moving to a displaced persons camp in Germany; getting married; training as a dental technician; having two children; and immigrating to the United States in 1957.

Interviewee
Gita Frankel
Date
2006 February 23  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio www.shaareytikvah.org