I was there.
Lea was sent to Bergen-Belsen at the end of January 1945. There she was placed with many others in the death barracks.
In April 1945, when British troops were closing in on Bergen-Belsen, the German camp guards fled leaving the prisoners to their own fate without food or water.
After the liberation, the British placed Lea and other prisoners into a displaced persons camp. When Lea found out that her sister Miriam was still alive, she travelled to Poland to get her sister. Together they went on to Sweden where Lea met Josef Gleitman, the man who would become her husband.
Lea Gleitman (1924), Poland
The Time in Bergen-Belsen
Lea discusses her time in the so-called death barracks in Bergen-Belsen.
1) Listen to Lea as she talks about the liberation and the period after the end of the war. Then answer the following questions:
British Troops Liberate the Camp
Lea talks about the liberation of the camp.
2) Listen to Lea as she talks about the liberation. Then answer the following question:
We Make Plans to Move to Sweden
Lea talks about her time in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen, and the decision to get her sister in Poland and together travel to Sweden.
3) Listen to Lea as she talks about her plans to travel to Sweden. Then answer the following questions:
I Get My Sister
Lea talks about her journey to Poland in order to get her sister Miriam.
4) Listen to Lea discussing getting her sister. Then answer the following question:
Life in Sweden
Lea talks about the journey to Sweden on 6 May 1946 and life after the war.
5) Listen to Lea as she talks about her life in Sweden. Then answer the following question: