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Oral history interview with Barbara Firestone

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.25 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0570

Barbara Firestone, born February 14, 1939 in Krakow, Poland, discusses her father Simon Spielman (ph) and her mother Cznrna Stiel (ph); her sister Helen Winchester and her brother Arthur Spielman; her father’s occupation as a shoemaker; being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family; speaking Yiddish and Polish at home; moving with her family to a ghetto; daily life as a child in the ghetto; how her father saved many people, including the Bobower Rebbe and the Halberstam family; how her parents sent her brother and sister to an orphanage; reuniting with her brother and sister and living in Hungary as gentiles; her memories of when the Russians bombed the entire town; how her brother and father returned to Poland and found their home occupied by a Polish family; how her father earned money by bootlegging alcohol and selling it to Russian soldiers, her father’s arrest after the Russians were made sick from drinking his alcohol; leaving Hungary in 1946 and living in a Displaced Persons camp for three years; how her brother and sister wanted to go to Israel; her family’s plans for immigrating to the United States; how her father would not leave the ship upon arrival in New York because it was the Shabbat; adjusting to American life; learning English; her family’s Jewish faith; her realization that she was a Holocaust survivor; and personal details of her marriage to a fellow Holocaust survivor.

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Barbara Firestone
Judy Cohen
interview:  2010 March 02
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:19
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