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Oral history interview with Blanca Seifter

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1774 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1774

Blanca Seifter discusses her childhood in Kezmarok, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia); the increase in antisemitism she experienced after the war began; her arrest and deportation with her sisters to Auschwitz in March 1942; the conditions there, the poor food, and the work she performed; their transfer to Birkenau in October 1942, the conditions there, the work she performed, and the loss of one sister; her involvement in an underground movement in 1944; her arrest with her sister in November 1944; their interrogation by the SS and their release; their transfer back to Auschwitz in 1945, her experiences on a death march to Ravensbrück and the two subsequent evacuations she took part in; being liberated by the Soviets; her return to Prague, Czech Republic to look for surviving family members; her reunion with her brother and an aunt and uncle; the fates of her parents and other siblings; her immigration to London in 1947; and her journey to the United States in 1951.


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Interviewee
Blanca Seifter
Date
interview:  1980 January 28
Language
English
Extent
2 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties