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Oral history interview with Esia Shor

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.83 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0565

Esia Shor (née Levin), born December 3, 1925 in Nowogródek, Poland (now Navahrudak, Belarus), discusses her childhood; life under the Russian occupation of Eastern Poland; Polish antisemitism; the German invasion of Eastern Poland in June, 1941; fleeing to her cousin Bielski’s farm and standing guard against robbers; the deaths of her mother and sisters in December 1941; how she and her father survived because he was the only bookbinder in the town; living in the ghetto and working with Mr. Foltanski, a polish engineer, as a house maid; her escape from the ghetto with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Foltanski; her return to the ghetto to reunite with her father; escaping once again and fleeing to her cousins’ partisan group in the woods; how the partisan group rescued her father and 80 other people through a tunnel; how her experiences compare to the film “Defiance”, based on the partisan group; her life as a female partisan; the time she spent with Russian partisans; how Russian partisans treated their Jewish counterparts; liberation of Poland by Russians; attending school in Poland under Soviet rule; and marrying in Łódź, Poland.

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Ms. Esia Shor
Judy Cohen
interview:  2010 February 22
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:18
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