Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Stimler, Barbara (3 of 5) Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews

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    Camp experiences

  • Recording date

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

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    Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews

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  • Interviewees

    Stimler, Barbara, 1927- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Goodman, Barbara (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Relief at leaving Auschwitz, knew Germans were in trouble, describes trench digging, relations with Hungarians, washing in snow. 1945 death marches: those too weak to walk were put in wagons, taken into woods and shot. Marched in fives towards Germany (Bergen-Belsen) for two weeks stopping in barns. Hid in barn where vegetables were stored under earth, with Irma, and ate raw potatoes for ten days. Walked into local town (Lieben), arrested and pretended to be Poles escaping from Russians, and set free. Found work in boarding house on German side of River Oder, Russians on other side. Then worked on a farm, hard work but real bed and enough food. Russians came and they went by horse and cart towards Poland (Lignitza). Found work as a secretary in the town hall, helped by two Russian Jewish doctors. Visited her home town to search for family, none found. Then to Lodz where she found Irma’s husband. English reporters were told about her family in England (Spilman and Kracowski). They put advertisement in newspapers and her family invited her to England. In 1946, aged nineteen, arrived in England. Father’s sister and husband took her to Willesden, good relationship with cousins but not aunt and uncle. Got job sewing in factory, also domestic work at aunt’s and learnt English. Family never asked about her experiences in Europe or what happened to the rest of the family.

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    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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