Born in the 1920’s in the city of Sighet, Romania to a family of seven children, my grandmother, Adrian Karp was a member of a large, comfortable, religious home. In 1939 Romania was taken over by Hungarian forces. Soon normal life became impossible. Under the command of Germany, these forces began to treat their Jewish citizens as slave laborers. During the war she and her family were sent to ghettoes and then to the camps, where many of them perished.
Thanks to an UNRRA social worker, all three surviving sisters were encouraged and sent as immigrants to Canada where they worked and lived and met and married fine men and thankfully had children and once again were able to enjoy large, warm and caring families.
Adrian Karp was interviewed by her grand-daughter Stephanie early in 2009.
- 1. Early life; family and school
- 2. Memories of school and her parents' work
- 3. 1939 - War begins; occupation and being forced into the ghetto
- 4. The cattle cars; arrival in Auschwitz
- 5. The Selection
- 6. Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Bergen Belsen- Work and roll calls
- 7. Sleep and illness
- 8. Resistance
- 9. The Guards; Inhumanity
- 10. Death March- the 3 Sisters Together
- 11. Liberation; Going to Canada
- 12. Meeting Michael