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Oral history interview with Irene Silver

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.88 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0181

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Irene Silver, born Irena Dynkewicz in Lodz, Poland on January 30, 1933, discusses raising her children in the Jewish tradition, being comfortable with friends who understand the Holocaust experience; her anger with people who ask why victims did not fight back during the Holocaust; being tolerant of strangers after having lived with strangers in the Warsaw Ghetto; her work as a social worker and how it was influenced by her wartime experiences; her sympathy with the civil rights movement; her membership in the Hidden Children group in New York where she feels a common ground; receiving Holocaust reparations which she used to help her children; her view that the world has not learned any lessons from the Holocaust; and her emotion at the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, feeling that the rain at the opening ceremony was the heavens crying.

Interviewee
Irene Silver
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2010 March 01  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:07:22
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