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Guide to Mary Kress oral history interview OHP.8571
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  • Existence and Location of Copies note
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Mary Kress oral history interview
    Identifier/Call Number: OHP.8571
    Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: Tauber Holocaust Library Archives
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet comprising one sound disc
    Date: 1983 April 11
    Abstract: This collection comprises one sound disc of an oral history interview with Mary Kress conducted by the Holocaust Media Project at the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on April 11, 1983.
    Creator: Kress, Mary
    Creator: Kenyon, Linda

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection comprises one sound disc of an oral history interview with Mary Kress. The interview was conducted by Linda Kenyon on behalf of the Holocaust Media Project at the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on April 11, 1983. Mary Kress is a Holocaust survivor.
    The interview describes Ms. Kress's childhood in Częstochowa, Poland; living in the Częstochowa ghetto until 1942; and then hiding in a Polish home in an underground compartment with her family for eighteen months. She describes being found, arrested and imprisoned; transported to Auschwitz in late 1943; and suffering from typhus. Ms. Kress describes working with her aunt and mother making string; being too ill to work; and receiving the assistance of another prisoner which enabled her to continue to work. She describes the terrible treatment she received in Auschwitz; and the death march she endured in January 1945. Ms. Kress describes being transported to unidentified locations with her mother and aunt; learning that the war was over; hiding; working on an abandoned farm; and their liberation by Russian troops. She discusses returning to Poland where they encountered anti-Semitism and traveling to Germany to live in a displaced persons camp until their emigration to the United States in 1949.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

    Existence and Location of Copies note

    Master copies of the oral history interview are located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Preferred Citation note

    Mary Kress oral history interview - OHP.8571, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Auschwitz (Concentration camp).
    Antisemitism -- Poland
    Czestochowa (Poland) -- History -- 20th century.
    Death march survivors
    Holocaust survivors -- United States
    Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives
    Jewish ghettos -- Poland
    Jewish women in the Holocaust
    Jews -- Persecutions -- Poland
    Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945
    Refugee camps -- Germany
    United States -- Emigration and immigration
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Liberation -- Poland