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00:00:21 - Life before the war and during the early war

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Partial Transcript: If you could start with your ba--I really don't know anything about your story except you were twins in, in Auschwitz...

Segment Synopsis: Irene Hizme talks about her family before World War II, her parents, and growing up as a Czechoslovakian Jew.

Keywords: Accountants; Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Children; Concentration camps; Czechoslovakia; Happiness; Marriage; Motherhood; Prisons; Recollection (Psychology); Storms; Worry

Subjects: Emotions.; Family.; Fear.; Professions.; Refugees.

00:06:58 - Arriving at Auschwitz

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Partial Transcript: And then, uh, one day, I guess it was the day we were being shipped to Auschwitz, I remember a very long walk to the, to the train.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme tells the story of being sent to Auschwitz and her experiences during her earliest time at the camp, and the kinds of things that she saw and remembers.

Keywords: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Emotional trauma; Emotionally abused children; Fathers; Fear; Hunger; Loneliness; Parents; Starvation; Survival; Twins

Subjects: Anxiety.; Emotions.; Family.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography.; Jewish children in the Holocaust.

00:11:28 - Losing her family / being alone in the camps

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Partial Transcript: What hap -- can you, can you describe that day a little bit more? Do you remember it?

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about the day she saw her mother for the last time, and the kinds of emotions she felt then and for a time after. She also talks about being separated from her twin brother.

Keywords: Age; Antisemitism; Children; Crying; Israel.; Jerusalem.; Mothers; Uncertainty

Subjects: Emotions.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography.; Jewish children in the Holocaust.; Recognition, Facial (Psychology); Sadness.

00:17:32 - Camp doctor and medical experiments

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Partial Transcript: Sometimes I would be taken to the hospital.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme recalls being regularly taken to the doctor at the camp who would perform medical experiments, and the way it affected her life in the camp.

Keywords: Anxiety; Crying; Emotions; Hiding places; Human experimentation in medicine; Injections; Innocence (Psychology); Kindness; Loneliness; Pain; Suffering

Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Hospitals.; Jewish children in the Holocaust--Poland--Biography.; Jewish children in the Holocaust.; Physicians.

00:26:36 - Memories of camp life

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Partial Transcript: I, I remember once in a panic, I don't know what was going on but I was hiding among dead bodies.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about specific memories of her life in Auschwitz and the kinds of emotions that she felt during her time there.

Keywords: Age; Basic needs; Dead; Guards; Hiding places; Quality of life; Soldiers; Troops

Subjects: Emotions.; Family.; Fear.; Loneliness.; Panic

00:31:54 - Camaraderie and community in the camps

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Partial Transcript: There was no, like some people say, you know, they had, you know, some camaraderie in the camp with some of the--

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about daily life in the camp, and having to hide from the guards and hide her food. Hizme also talks about a very important locket she kept that her mother had given her.

Keywords: Arithmetic; Crying; Education; Judges; Sobbing; Teaching; Twins

Subjects: Children.; Family.; Fellowship; Hiding.; Injections.; Jewelry; Leadership.; Learning.

00:40:13 - More on the camp doctor and medical experiments / Russian liberation

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Partial Transcript: And, um, I'd be standing on this line going to these showers, and I don't know how I knew, but I knew, that, um, that sometimes you, you know, you went in and you ne--you didn't co, come out again.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme tells more about being at the doctor and being experimented on. She talks about the liberation of the camp by Russian soldiers.

Keywords: Behavior; Doctors; Helping behavior; Hospitals; Illnesses; Malnourishment; Scared; Sickness; Vomiting

Subjects: Fear.; Fellowship.; Jewelry.; Kindness.; Liberation.; Living conditions.; Locket.; Russians.; Support.

00:46:23 - Life after the camps

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Partial Transcript: So what happened with her? What--she--you said it, it was a mixed blessing.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about being liberated from Auschwitz by the Russians and then living with her Polish guardian.

Keywords: Children; Guardians; Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Orphanages; Pneumonia; Sickness; Strictness

Subjects: Catholic church.; Catholic school.; Catholicism.; Faith.; Families.; Family.; Fear; Judaism.; Money.; Poland.; Religion.

00:52:33 - Immigration to the United States

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Partial Transcript: When did you get to the United States?

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about how she came to the United States, and being passed around different orphanages trying to find a home.

Keywords: Adoption; Adoptive parents; Age; Belonging (Social psychology); Brothers; Children; Concentration camps; Outcasts

Subjects: Antisemitism.; Communism.; Czechoslovakia.; Family.; Help.; Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.; Orphanages.; Orphans.; Photographs.; United States.

01:01:07 - Adoption and growing up in America

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Partial Transcript: At that time I was already here in the States and my adoptive, you know, parents who were going to adopt me already--it's another long story.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about being adopted and the kind of care she got from her adopted parents. She also talks about what it was like to raise her own children and comparing her childhood to theirs.

Keywords: Auschwitz (Concentration camp); Brothers; Caring; Children; College; Coping; Emotional problems; Emotions; Evil; Family; Friends; Generosity; Holocaust; Kindness; Loving; Parents; Psychic trauma; Psychology; Sadness; Siblings

Subjects: Adopted parents.; Adoption.; America; Brother.; Childhood.; Effort.; Emotions.; Homesickness.; Israel.; Money.; Photobooks.; Photographs.; Quiet.; Shyness.; Sister.; Stories.

01:16:29 - Internal struggles of a Holocaust survivor

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Partial Transcript: They didn't ask you what happened or?

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about growing up and struggling to relate with her peers. She also talks about how difficult it was for her to not talk about her experiences with the people around her.

Keywords: Catholic school; Children; Friends; Holocaust survivors; Husband and wife; Marriage; Miscommunication

Subjects: Identification (Psychology).; Loneliness.; Speech.; Students.; Suffering.

01:22:57 - Life as a holocaust survivor

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Partial Transcript: And when in 1985 it, it came out that I really was a Holocaust survivor and there was so much media attention.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about her opinion on the Jewish community and her relations with other members of her faith as a Holocaust survivor.

Keywords: Bombing; Doctors; Experiments; Hospitals; Liberation; Memories; Soldiers; War; World War II

Subjects: Childhood.; Children.; Confusion.; Discrimination.; Education.; Emotions.; Faith.; Judaism.; Religion.

01:30:50 - Interactions with fellow Holocaust survivors

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Partial Transcript: It's surprising that the other twins wouldn't have remembered you.

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about meeting with other survivors of the Holocaust and being unable to relate to them.

Keywords: Bombing; Confusion; Discrimination; Doctors; Experiments; Hospitals; Soldiers; War

Subjects: Childhood.; Children.; Education.; Emotions.; Holocaust survivors.; Liberation.; Memories.

01:36:34 - Being a child in the Holocaust

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when you came back out of the hospital, if you--when you, um--did you have any, like, did you have any games that you played with yourself or?

Segment Synopsis: Hizme talks about being a child in Auschwitz, how she felt that her childhood was taken from her, and the emotional trouble that she had afterwards.

Keywords: Dolls; Hiding; Hospitals; Parents; Quiet; Recreation; Sadness; Shyness; Toys

Subjects: Child.; Childhood.; Children.; Emotions.; Games.; Holocaust survivors.; Holocaust.; Legacy.; Parenthood.; Strength.; Suffering.; Surviving.