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Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Interview Summary Charlene Perlmutter Schiff, born in Horokhiv, Poland (now Ukraine) on December 16, 1929, describes her parents’ roles as educators and civic leaders; the German invasion in the summer of 1941 and her town’s loss of its Jewish leaders, including her father; her mother and older sister having to do forced labor until they moved into a ghetto; digging an escape route out of the ghetto in order to get food and bring it back with some of the other children; her mother arranging for her remaining family to go into hiding; being separated from her mother when trying to escape to her hiding place; finding the farmer who had agreed to hide her but no longer being able to hide with him; hiding and wandering alone through the forests for two years; Russian soldiers discovering her after the war and placing her in a military hospital; moving into a displaced persons camp; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.
Date 1993 March 23  (interview)
RG Number RG-50.030*0203
Extent 4 videocassettes : Betacam SP.
Language English
Provenance Joan Ringelheim, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff on March 23, 1993.
Interviewer Joan Ringelheim
Classification video recording
Corporate Name United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
Geographic Name Germany.
Horokhiv (Ukraine)
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
Ukraine--History--German occupation, 1941-1944.
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Personal Name Schiff, Charlene Perlmutter, 1929-
Topical Term Escapes.
Forced labor--Ukraine.
Hiding places.
Holocaust survivors--Interviews.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Ukraine--Personal narratives.
Jewish children in the Holocaust--Ukraine.
Jewish ghettos--Ukraine--Horokhiv.
Refugee camps--Germany.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use No restrictions on use
Record Type Oral History
Digital Files
Link to Collection United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history collection
Transcript/Notes Transcript of Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff [RG-50.030.0203_trs_en.pdf]
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