Iby Knill Research Paper

701 Words3 Pages
One of the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust is Iby Knill. She was given birth to in Czechoslovakia in 1923. Her mother, Irene, was Slovakian and her father, Beno, was Hungarian. She has one brother named Tomy who is six years younger than her. As a child, Iby lived in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia where she went to school at a German Grammar School. Because she was Jewish, Iby had to transfer to the Czech Grammar School at the end of ninth grade, and she attended this school until she was sixteen. Iby and her family were then forced to leave their apartment, and their family business was taken over by non-Jewish people. Like all the other Jewish people in their area, Iby and her family had to wear a yellow star identifying them as Jewish,…show more content…
The next morning the police came to round up all the Jewish people in the area. They took Iby and the others to a local brickyard where they were held until they were transferred to cattle wagons to be transported to Auschwitz. The journey took approximately five days until they reached the entrance to the concentration camp. Once they arrived, Iby and the others were forced to undress to have all the hair shaved off them. Iby avoided getting a tattoo because there was no more ink. After six weeks in Auschwitz, Iby along with some friends volunteered to be nurses in a hospital in Lippstadt. The hospital was evacuated by the Germans in mid-March 1945. They were then forced to march to Bergen Belsen. Iby and her friends were finally liberated on Easter Sunday 1945 when they spotted American tanks down the road. At the sight of it, the German forces took off. After spending some time in the hospital, Iby took a job as a translator for the Military Government and Control Commission in Germany. She returned home to her mother and brother in September 1946 in Bratislava. Iby then discovers that her father was killed in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. She meets a British army officer named Bert whom she marries in December 1946. One year later, she moves to England. She’s had a successful career in education and as a designer, and later on, she writes a book named The Woman Without a
Open Document