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Oral history interview with Eugenia Rotsztejn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.408.2 | RG Number: RG-50.875.0001

Eugenia Rotsztejn born on March 30, 1926 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses her large family; her father’s work as a slaughterhouse director; antisemitism before the war; being 13 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland; the bunker her family built; hiding in the bunker with a friend and her infant; the infant’s cries and the death of the infant from suffocation; being discovered by the Nazis and almost being sexually assaulted by these men; living in the ghetto for three years; the conditions in the ghetto; seeing her father for the last time in the Umschlagplatz; never seeing her brother and sister again; being taken with her mother to camp Majdanek; the train journey to Auschwitz; being tattooed with the number 48914; her work building bombs and grenades; moving from camp to camp as the Russians moved west; being sent on a death march; losing sight of her mother (she found her eight years after the war); being taken to Ravensbrück and another camp; escaping with her friend; being found by the Russians and the behavior of the Russians towards women; pretending to be a man at times to avoid unwanted attention from the Russian soldiers; returning to Warsaw and living in the street for four months; going to several UNRRA displaced persons camps; meeting her husband, David, in Modena, Italy; staying in the DP camp in Santa Maria di Leuca, where her son was born; going to Argentina in 1949 with her husband and her son; reuniting with her mother in 1956; running a textile business with her husband; being part of the founding of the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires; and helping to create the monument in the cemetery La Tablada for those who fought in Warsaw.


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Interviewee
Eugenia Rotsztejn
Date
interview:  1992 August 05
Language
Spanish
Extent
1 sound cassette : analog..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Kathryn Lichtenberg
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:05
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