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Oral history interview with Phyllis Thompson

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

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.


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Interviewee
Phyllis Thompson
Date
interview:  1980 December 29
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
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-19 09:55:44
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