15 episodes

Holocaust survivor Irene Weiss shares her experience as a Hungarian Jew persecuted during World War II. She describes how her family was systematically removed from society, and how she lost most of them in the horrific conditions at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Surviving the Holocaust Fairfax County Public Schools

    • History

Holocaust survivor Irene Weiss shares her experience as a Hungarian Jew persecuted during World War II. She describes how her family was systematically removed from society, and how she lost most of them in the horrific conditions at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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    Introduction to Irene Weiss

    Introduction to Irene Weiss

    Meet Holocaust survivor Irene Fogel Weiss. She talks about why she has chosen to share her story.

    • 1 min
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    The Growth of Anti-Semitism

    The Growth of Anti-Semitism

    We learn about where Irene grew up in Hungary and how her town began to change as Nazi influences took over.

    • 4 min
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    Isolating Jews from Society

    Isolating Jews from Society

    Irene explains how Jews were systematically targeted by the Nazis in ways that eroded all of their positions in society.

    • 2 min
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    Anti-Semitism Turns to Genocide

    Anti-Semitism Turns to Genocide

    The Nazis begin displacing Jews from their homes and staging their transport to death camps.

    • 5 min
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    Arrival at Auschwitz

    Arrival at Auschwitz

    Irene describes in detail her deportation from the Munkacs Ghetto, her arrival at Auschwitz and how the selection at the death camp platforms worked, as Nazis confiscated possessions and separated families. She shares a remarkable historical photo that captured the very moment of her arrival at Auschwitz.

    • 6 min
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    The Gas Chambers

    The Gas Chambers

    The number of people sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz was staggering. Irene discusses how she was forced to sort through the belongings of people murdered in the gas chambers, how she watched thousands of people marched into the gas chambers day and night, and how the threat of being sent there herself was constant.

    • 8 min

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