Testimonio

Irene Hizme

Irene y Rene nacieron Renate y Rene Guttman. La familia se mudó a Praga poco después del nacimiento de los mellizos, donde vivían cuando los alemanes ocuparon Bohemia y Moravia en marzo de 1939. Pocos meses después, soldados alemanes arrestaron a su padre. Décadas después, Irene y Rene se enteraron que fue matado en el campo de Auschwitz en diciembre de 1941. Irene, Rene y su madre fueron deportados al ghetto de Theresienstadt, y después al campo de Auschwitz. En Auschwitz, los mellizos fueron separados y sujetos a experimentos médicos. Irene y Rene estuvieron separados por mucho tiempo después de su liberación de Auschwitz. El grupo Rescate de Niños trajo a Irene a los Estados Unidos en 1947, donde se reunió con Rene en 1950.

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I, of course, have, um, unfortunately a lot of memories of, um, of the hospital and, um, the doctor's office. It, I seem to recall spending a great deal of time, um, there. And also being in the hospital and being very sick. And, um, I know one time, when I went to the doctor's office, that they took blood from me and, it was extremely painful because it was from the left side of my neck. That's a strange thing to remember. I also remember having blood taken out of my finger, but that wasn't quite so bad. And I also remember having to sit, um, very still for long periods to be measured and, or weighed, or in X rays. I rem...I remember X rays, X rays. Um...and injections. I remember injections. And then I'd be sick. Because then I, I'd be in this hospital. And I remember having a high fever, because I know they were taking my temperature, somebody was. Um, I really got to hate doctors. I, I got to be afraid. I used, I was terribly scared of doctors, I still am. They're a nightmare. Hospitals are out of the question and illness is unacceptable.


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