Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Cyla Wiener - July 13, 1992


Cyla WienerCyla Wiener was born in Kraków, Poland during World War I, one of nine children and the only girl. She recalls her experiences in the Kraków ghetto and the concentration camps of Płaszów, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen during World War II. At Płaszów she helped care for the children, including her two year old son, until they were taken to Auschwitz. She worked as a seamstress at Płaszów and later at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, sewing for the Germans. After the war, she returned to Kraków and was reunited with her husband, a few remaining brothers and nieces. Mrs. Wiener and her husband eventually immigrated to the United States.

  1. Early Childhood
  2. Family
  3. Her Son
  4. Religious Life
  5. Recreation
  6. Outbreak of War
  7. After the Germans Arrived
  8. Podgorska
  9. Judenrat
  10. First Changes
  11. Starting the Ghetto
  12. Płaszów
  13. Taking Away the Children to Płaszów
  14. Cousin's Children
  15. Kraków Ghetto
  16. Deportation to Auschwitz
  17. Deportation to Płaszów
  18. Family Member's Plights in Płaszów
  19. Mother's Death
  20. Brunnlitz
  21. Transport to Auschwitz
  22. Arrival at Auschwitz

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