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Oral history interview with Laura Freedman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.143 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0143

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    Oral history interview with Laura Freedman


    Interview Summary
    Laura Freedman (née Wachs), born September 15, 1916 in Lwow, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine), describes her family before the war; the German invasion of Lwow; the creation of the Lwow ghetto in 1942; acquiring a Polish birth certificate; escaping the Lwow ghetto with the help of a Polish acquaintance; being disappointed by the lack of help given to the Jews by her Polish and Ukrainian neighbors; her husband’s death; working as a kitchen maid in Germany; her false identity as a Pole during the war; her forced labor on a vegetable farm; being liberated by American and French armies; her travels to Austria, France, and South Africa after the war; marrying her current husband; and her eventual immigration to Australia in 1961.
    Laura Freedman
    Gilda Manor
    interview:  1989 August 16
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Freedman, Laura, 1916-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Laura Freedman for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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