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Augusta Glaz

Jewish Holocaust Survivor

Interview language: Portuguese

In 1944, Augusta Glaz was interrogated for 5 days by the Gestapo in Brussels, Belgium, where she was brutally treated. She was then taken to the Mechelen Concentration Camp, also known as Malines, where she was placed in an underground bunker built especially for female political prisoners. There, she remained for 30 days. Once, Augusta was interrogated again and was severely beaten on the side of her head, on the ears, but she still did not divulge any information about her fellow partisans. She would think of well-known writers and of books she had read in order to remain awake and retain her memory as well as her sanity from day to day.

Bio

Augusta Glaz was born on January 3, 1924, in Antwerp, Belgium. She was a member of the Belgian resistance and was involved with, Le Drapeau Rouge (The Red Flag), an underground publication, and the White Brigade, a resistance group based in Antwerp, Belgium. Following her release from incarceration from the Mechelen Concentration Camp in 1943, she resumed her anti-Nazi political activities until her arrest by the Gestapo in Brussels, Belgium, in 1944. She was taken back to the Mechelen Concentration Camp, where she was placed in an underground bunker as a Jewish political prisoner. There, she was brutally beaten. After spending 30 days in the camp, she was liberated by the British armed forces in September 1944.