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Oral history interview with Sarah Radzeli

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.20 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0020

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Sarah Schneider Radzeli, born in Czechoslovakia, describes being 10 years old when Germany occupied her hometown; moving with her family to her grandfather’s home, which was in unoccupied Czechoslovakia; how Hungarian forces occupied her grandfather’s town when she was 14 years old; being sent to the ghetto; being deported shortly after to Auschwitz-Birkenau; being selected for work with her sister while her mother was sent to the gas chambers; being stripped naked, shaved, and issued striped uniforms and wooden shoes; living in a children’s block; how her sister was taken to the crematorium because she was too weak to work; seeing inmates commit suicide by touching the electric fence surrounding the camp; joining a transport of Polish prisoners of war going to Czechoslovakia, where she worked at night in an ammunition factory; being liberated by Russian troops on May 15, 1945; deciding to stay in the Czech town to recuperate; going to Prague, Czech Republic a few weeks later; meeting her brother in Budapest, Hungary; traveling to Palestine in 1946 on a ship that was stopped by the British; being taken to a detention camp in Cyprus, where she got married; coming down with Tuberculosis and being sent to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem; and immigrating to the United States in 1960.

Interviewee
Ms. Sarah Radzeli
Date
2007 May 15  (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