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Oral history interview with Sylvia Malcmacher

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.16 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0016

Sylvia Distel Malcmacher, bron in Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1926, describes her family; how the Nazis occupied Vilna in June 1941; a random roundup of Jews who were then shot in the Ponary Forest (in Paneriai, Lithuania); the creation of the ghetto in October 1941; conditions in the ghetto; how one day the young children, including her sister, were ordered to be medically examined but were actually all shot in the Ponary Forest; the liquidation of the ghetto in September 1943; being taken with her family to Kaiserwald and later to Stutthof; being separated from her father and never seeing him again; how inmates died from Typhus and starvation in Stutthof; going through a selection process and being sent to Muhldorf; digging tunnels for ammunition; conditions in the camp; being liberated by the Americans on May 5, 1945; going to the Feldafing displaced persons camp; learning that her mother and sister died of Typhus in Stutthof; getting married in the displaced persons camp; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.

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Ms. Sylvia Malcmacher
interview:  2007 May 17
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio