Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Charlotte Firestone - March 11, 1982


Charlotte Firestone, born in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia, relates her experiences in Czechoslovakia and Poland before, during and after the war. Prior to the birth of her son in August 1942, her husband was taken to the Soviet Union where he was imprisoned and remained throughout the war. Mrs. Firestone and her son moved in with her parents. After the German occupation of Munkacs in 1944, they were rounded up and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her mother and son were gassed upon arrival. After a short time in Birkenau, Mrs. Firestone and her sister were sent to Stutthof, another concentration camp in Poland, then they were relocated to Praust, a sub-camp. While in Stutthof, Mrs. Firestone was made a Stubälteste and in that capacity, served as a senior inmate in charge of the barrack. After spending six months in Praust, the sisters were evacuated. While on the march west, they managed to escape, evading capture by posing as Hungarian nurses. Later she was reunited with her husband and emigrated to the United States in 1955.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-War Family Life
  3. Religious Life
  4. The Munkascer Rebbe
  5. Everyday Life and Culture
  6. Politics
  7. Hungarian Annexation
  8. Hungarian Rule
  9. Outbreak of War
  10. Arrival of Germans
  11. Round-Ups
  12. Hungarian Leaders
  13. Deportation
  14. Transport to Auschwitz-Birkenau
  15. Arrival at Birkenau
  16. Birkenau
  17. Soup
  18. Death of Family Members
  19. Transport to Stutthof
  20. Stutthof
  21. Conditions in Stutthof
  22. Stubälteste
  23. Praust
  24. Labor in Praust
  25. Punishments
  26. Sexual Abuse
  27. Leaving Praust
  28. Treatment by Wehrmacht
  29. Escape
  30. Denmark
  31. Prague
  32. Reunited with Husband
  33. Having Children
  34. Paris
  35. America

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