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Oral history interview with Phyllis Thompson

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1801 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1801

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    Oral history interview with Phyllis Thompson


    Interview Summary
    Phyllis Thompson, born in 1920 in Lowicz, Poland, discusses her childhood in Lowicz and Lódz, Poland; her family life; the changes she experienced after the German occupation began in September 1939; her family's attempts to evade deportation to the ghettos in Lódz and Warsaw; leaving Lodz in the spring of 1940 and living in Lowicz; the relocation of the Lowicz Jews to the Warsaw ghetto at the end of 1940; going to Ostrowiec; the formation of the ghetto in Ostrowiec; life in the ghetto, including the conditions and the work she performed; being deported to Auschwitz with her sister in September 1944; arriving in Auschwitz; life in the camp, including the conditions and the support that she gave and received from other prisoners from Ostrowiec; her transfer with her sister to an unnamed labor camp in Germany in December 1944; the work she performed as a maid and the conditions there; liberation by the Soviet Army in May 1945; the rumors of the Soviet soldiers' violence against women and the steps she and her fellow prisoners took to avoid it; and her return to Poland soon after the war and the antisemitism and kindness she encountered.
    Phyllis Thompson
    interview:  1980 December 29
    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

    Physical Details

    2 sound recording : WAV.

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    Personal Name
    Thompson, Phyllis, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Phyllis Thompson on December 29, 1980. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in January 2013.
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