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Transcript of Irene Safran
Age: 21 at the time
Origin: Czechoslovakia Her journey began on May 19, 1944
Her family and her were forced to leave there town to go to a jewish street in a jewish ghetto
They were brought to a brick factory before loading there train for relocation
There they and several others built shelters out of bricks
Also at the factory is were they were tortured by the soldiers who looked over them
They boraded trains used for cattle in which they road for three days
They people in the train received no food or water the whole three days
The only water they received was from the rain fall
Many became insane and some died
The trains were so packed, it made it uncomfortable for many Deportation to Auschwitz At Auschwitz Her sister's and her suffering ended in Nov. of 1944 when they were sent to Germany to work
They were given clothes, showers, and food. Their clothes were labeled with a red cross so they couldn't escape
They worked in an ammunition Factory in Torgau
Their living conditions improved
The war was starting to go over and the Russians and Americans were coming in. Their boss then told them he would have to kill all of them before the Russians or Americans got there
Their boss then spared their lives in hope that they would put in a good word for him when one of the groups got there (Russians or Americans)
The americans showed up first and set them all free
The Russians came next and raped and beat most of the girls
Irene and her sisters ran into the woods to escape
Irene and her sisters then walked to Leipzig and loaded a train, where the Americans took them to Prague for freedom
At Prague they were nursed back to health
Also at Prague they had met their older brother, who they thought was dead
By 1948 her and her sisters were married
Between 1948 and 1949 her and her surviving siblings moved to America After Auschwitz They arrived to Birkenaw at dusk on a Sunday
They were told to stand in lines of five, boys on one side girls on the other
The sick and weak of the groups were told to get on wagons to be taken to their new homes
Irene noticed her sister was sick and told her mom and sister to get on the wagons and they would meet up later
She never saw her sister and mother alive again, they were gassed to death that night along with the rest of the sick and weak
The soldiers walked them down the road where they could see smoke coming from chimneys
She still had her two younger sisters with her and her father and two brothers were with the men ( the only one of the boys to survive was here brother Benze, who didn't see his family again till after the war)
Her and her sisters arrived at the Central Sauna, where there clothes were burnt and people were checked on by doctors. The ones chosen as unfit went to the gas chambers while the others went to the real showers to bathe, her and her sisters were chosen as fit
By:Katlyn Buchanan Irene and her sisters showered and were shaved head to toe before they along with others were taken to Lager C, which is where they would sleep
There was 14 people in 1 bed
The next morning they woke at four to be given a job based off their skills
The first day they worked barefooted and for lunch the same 14 people who shared a bed, shared the same bowl of soup, and for dinner they each got one slice of bread and a piece of margarine
They did the same thing every day, they woke up at four for inspections, ate lunch, use the restroom(they had one chance a day to do this), ate dinner, and had another inspection
Some days they could see dead bodies of people by the electric fences who killed themselves
One day one of her sisters was chosen for the gas chamber and her and her other sister helped her escape her death
The rest of their days went as usual At Auschwitz continued.... Citations . "Behind Every Name a Story—Irene Safran: Deportation to Auschwitz." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11 May 2012. Web. 25 Jan 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007953>.
"Behind Every Name a Story—Irene Safran: At Auschwitz." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11 May 2012. Web. 25 Jan 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007954>.
"Behind Every Name a Story—Irene Safran: After Auschwitz." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11 May 2012. Web. 25 Jan 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007954>.