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World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation. Oral History Thomas Blatt, born in Izbica Lubelska, Poland, describes the Jewish community; hearing about Kristallnacht; the German invasion; the restrictions placed on Jews and the ghetto; his town becoming a collection point for other Polish Jews; the Judenrat ordering people to work; the roundup and deportation of Jews; receiving false papers and heading towards Hungary; being caught and escaping; going to a hospital and surviving a massacre of the Jewish patients; traveling home with false papers given to him by a doctor; being taken to Sobibór with his family in April 1943; the selections and meeting the German SS officer Karl Frenzel; his methods for surviving psychologically; the organized revolt in the camp and escaping; hiding out and receiving help from farmers; going to Izbica Lubelska but returning to the forest to hide; being taken care of by a farmer; the famer killing some of the people hiding with him and trying to kill him; his various hiding places; liberation but still being under threat; going to Lublin, Poland; not wanting to escape his memories; and teaching people about the revolt in Sobibór.
Oral History Mariana, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934, describes feeling that her experience during the Holocaust has affected her whole life; her parents; attending a Jewish school; life changing in 1944; losing her Gentile governess; a family story regarding the Russian massacre of Armenians; her father and uncle hiding separately from her and her mother; returning to their house; what it felt like to wear the Jewish Star; her family refusing to live in the ghetto; her father and uncle hiding in a German building but being betrayed; her father escaping from a camp; her mother being taken but saved by a Hungarian Nazi; being alone in hiding for a time during the war; obtaining false papers later when she was reunited with her mother; one of their hiding places, which was a small space in her uncle's building; her escape from the massacre of Jews at the Danube during the time when she was in hiding alone; how she’s been affected by her Holocaust experience; her view of Hungarians; and Hungarian Jewry.
Oral History Georgia Gabor, born Budapest, Hungary in 1930, describes being the only survivor in her family besides one cousin; growing up in a prominent family; becoming aware that she was different from other Hungarians because she was Jewish in 1942; hearing what was going on in Poland with the Jews; the Germans arriving in March 1944; the formation of a Judenrat (Jewish council), which her father was part of; the book she wrote (My Destiny: Survivor of the Holocaust); restrictions on the Jews; the bombings in Budapest; keeping a notebook of her experiences during that time; the roundups and deportations; receiving a Swiss affidavit; not wearing the star; getting her mother released from the brick factory with the help of a Nazi, who was a former client of her father; witnessing the brutal beatings and torture of Hungarian Jews; hiding out; and her view of American Jews during the war.
Oral History Barbara Gerson (née Branca Nombeck) describes growing up in Lódz, Poland; being the youngest of three children; losing a brother on July 8, 1932; her strictly orthodox family; attending a private school; the war beginning; being required to wear a yellow star of David; her family's textile business being taken away; her father being beaten; going to live with a family in Czestochowa, Poland and never seeing her mother again; passing as Polish while she was aboard the train; going to Warsaw before going to Czestochowa; having to wear arm bands and moving to the ghetto; falling in love with a man originally from Krakow, Poland; Aktions in 1942; being taken to a small ghetto and getting married to Borack; being chosen to clean the big ghetto; working in a fabric factory; her husband smuggling out furs from the ghetto; getting hepatitis and going to the hospital; going to the factory, which became a guarded camp; her husband’s work making bullets for guns; being transferred to a part of the factory that was involved with calibrating machinery; experiencing starvation and no longer menstruating; Borack getting typhoid; being transferred to her husband's factory; having an abortion; her husband smuggling bullets to the underground; hiding during the evacuation of the camp; being liberated and returning to Lódz; reuniting with her brother; she and her husband staying at the displaced persons camp in Landsberg am Lech, Germany; telling her children about her experiences; and hoping that talking to people about the Holocaust will prevent it from happening again.