Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Rose Wagner - August 14, 2002


An interview with Rose Wagner, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Dr. Sidney Bolkosky, Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. At the outbreak of the war in 1939, Rose and her family lived in Łódź, Poland. After the German occupation, the family found themselves in the Łódź ghetto. By 1942, her parents had perished, leaving her and her sister to fend for themselves in the ghetto. In 1944, she and her sister were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Able to stay together in the camp, the sisters were sent to the Halbstadt concentration camp in Fall, 1944, where they were liberated in May 1945.

  1. Introduction
  2. Relations with non-Jews
  3. Outbreak of War
  4. Łódź Ghetto
  5. Łódź Ghetto II
  6. Conditions in Ghetto
  7. Auschwitz
  8. Chaim Rumkowski
  9. Conditions in Ghetto II
  10. Arrival in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  11. Conditions in Birkenau
  12. Transport to Halbstadt
  13. Labor in Halbstadt
  14. Liberation by Russians
  15. Reaction to Liberation
  16. Return to Łódź
  17. Knowledge of Family
  18. Post-War Anti-Semitism
  19. Zeilsheim
  20. Wiedergutmachung
  21. Memories of Auschwitz
  22. Memories of the Ghetto
  23. Knowledge of Gas Chambers
  24. Appell
  25. Reminders
  26. Holidays
  27. Holocaust Education
  28. Talking with Children
  29. Returning to Europe
  30. Pre-War Memories
  31. Death of Mother
  32. Immigration to America
  33. Friends from Łódź
  34. Detroit
  35. Talking About Experiences
  36. Father

© Board of Regents University of Michigan-Dearborn