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Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Record Type:
Oral History
Interview Summary:
Charlene Schiff (née Sulamit Perlmutter), born December 16, 1929 in Horochow, Poland (now Horokhiv, Ukraine), describes a secure and happy prewar life in a large Jewish community governed by the kehillah (Kehilla); her family members who were town leaders; the Russian occupation of Eastern Poland; the German invasion in June 1941; the ghettoization of her town and the desperate living conditions therein; her mother’s arrangement for her and her sister to escape the ghetto and hide in farm houses across the river; the disappearance of her mother; the rejection of an agreement by the farmer, leaving her abandoned and alone; her attempts to find her mother while hiding in the woods; her eventual discovery by Russian troops; her hospitalization; her time in various displaced persons camps in Germany; her education at the University of Heidelberg; her immigration to the United States in 1948; living with her aunt in Columbus, OH; and her life post-war.
1993 March 02  (interview)
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1 sound cassette (90 min.).
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project conducted the interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff in Alexandria, VA on March 2, 1993.
sound recording
Corporate Name:
Universität Heidelberg.
Conditions on Access:
No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use:
No restrictions on use
Finding Aid:
RG-50.233.0120_trs_en.pdf [English]
Record last modified: 2015-06-30 15:10:21