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Oral history interview with David Rynecki

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.133 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0628

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David Rynecki, born in 1928 in Shedlitz (Siedlce), Poland, discusses his early childhood in Shedlitz; his family life with his parents and brother; his family’s move from Shedlitz after Kristallnacht; the start of World War II and its effect on his family; the establishment of the ghettos; his father’s abduction by the Nazis; daily life in the ghetto; his work for the SS as a cleaner; his family’s decision to flee the ghetto before they could be taken away; how a sympathizer hid them from the Nazis; his life in hiding for two years; liberation; returning to Shedlitz; the kindness of the Russians; his search for remaining family members and supplies in his old house; reuniting with his father who had been in a concentration camp; his time in Bremenhoffen; immigrating to the United States; his life and work in America; how he met and married his wife; moving to Georgetown and the birth of his children; his parents’ death; his children’s success; his grandchildren; his satisfaction with his life after the war; and his involvement with the Democratic party.

Interviewee
Mr. David Rynecki
Interviewer
Mr. David Rynecki
Date
2011 July 06  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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