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1939 – 1944, 12 Robert Stolz Straße

Ida B., a Jew, flees from Ukraine and works as a housekeeper for an SS-Sturmbannführer under an alias. In 1944 she is arrested and deported to Auschwitz.

As a Jew Ida B. fled from Ukraine in order to escape being murdered by the Nazis. Using a false name the young woman volunteered for “work duty” in the Reich and was sent to Transit Camp 39 in Bindermichl in Linz.

Ida B. worked as a housekeeper for an SS-Sturmbannführer in Froschberg where she was well treated. Later she was assigned to the Employment Office as typist, initially in Transit Camp 39 and then in the Hermann Göring Works. Her employers did not notice that she was very well educated for a Ukrainian farmer’s daughter. The other forced labourers quickly realised that something was wrong. The suspicion was aired a number of times that she was Jewish.

In 1944 Ida B. was arrested by the Gestapo and, with help of photographs which were sent to her native city, identified as Jewish and deported to Auschwitz. She was probably able to survive Auschwitz because of her relatively good physical condition compared with the Jews from the ghettos and her knowledge of languages.

After the liberation of the camp Ida B. lived in Poland but had to flee due to ever increasing anti-Semitism. In 1948 she emigrated to Israel. In August 1983 Ida B. returned to Linz for the first time and visited places from her past.