Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Irene Petrinetz - October 25, 1982


Irene Petrinitz was born in Uzhgorod, Czechoslovakia in 1923. When she was 10, Uzhgorod was annexed by Hungary and Irene's father and brother placed in a Hungarian work detail, from which Irene's father never returned. Following the German invasion of Hungary in 1944, Irene and her mother were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her mother perished. After eight months, Irene was transferred to a forced labor camp near Zittau where she was liberated. She came to the United States in 1948 after being reunited her brother and uncle.

  1. Introduction
  2. Family Divided
  3. Finding Family
  4. Extended Family
  5. Schooling
  6. Before The Hungarians
  7. Separated At Camp
  8. The Next Generation
  9. Teglagyar
  10. Arriving At Auschwitz
  11. Collecting The Pieces

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