Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Stimler, Barbara (2 of 5) Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:47:16

  • Shelf mark

    C830/038

  • Subjects

    Camp experiences

  • Recording date

    1998-06-16, 1998-06-26, 1998-07-10

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews

  • Recording locations

    London

  • Interviewees

    Stimler, Barbara, 1927- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Goodman, Barbara (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Mother worked in kitchen; then Barbara got a job knitting tablecloths for Germans. Mother became ill, paralysed. Then worked assembling machines for aeroplane engines outside the ghetto. Desperate about her mother. Taken in cattle truck to Auschwitz, had to leave mother, never saw her again. Describes cattle trucks, September 1943. On arrival in Auschwitz men and women separated; put into fives; constantly being counted and marched through gates into large room. Had to undress in front of SS men, more selections. Taken naked, showered, shaved and tattooed; again counted and put in Lager C barrack 30, five to a bunk, no blankets. Woken at 4am, at 5am had to stand for hours being counted; one slice of bread with green water (to prevent periods?) and one bowl of soup per day. A relative helped her, gave her clothes and more food and introduced her to a Kapo who made her sing at German gatherings for extra food which she shared with other women. Describes Mengele selections: experiments or gassing. Then taken again naked in fives to showers – water not gas! Given clothes and coat with a red cross painted on the back. Sent to work out of Auschwitz in Nieder Szlesian Pirchkau [ph] to dig anti-tank ditches on Polish/German border: 200 Polish and 800 Hungarian Jewish women, summer 1944. Lived in pig barns on a farm.

  • Related links

    Voices of the Holocaust - link to learning materials based on the moving stories of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on the British Library Website

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