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Oral history interview with Stanley Geron

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.288 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0288

Stanley Geron, born in 1923 in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), discusses his parents Bernard Grossman and Gustava Fogel; his father’s business ventures; attending private school until the schools closed in 1939; antisemitism within Polish society; obtaining a fake passport from the Lithuanian Consul and living through the war as a non-Jew; his parents living in the Warsaw Ghetto; smuggling supplies into the ghetto; the smell of the ghetto; smuggling his parents out of the ghetto; hiding his parents around Warsaw; working for a building firm throughout the war; his interactions with German officers and Polish officers; bribing officers; his romantic relationships during the war; gathering intelligence for the Armia Krajowa (Home Army); the antisemitic attitudes within the Armia Krajowa; staying in the Hotel Bristol with many Germans; being investigated by the police and experiencing genital inspection; witnessing the Warsaw Ghetto uprising; witnessing the Warsaw Uprising and leaving; seeking a buried fortune following the Warsaw Uprising through Armia Krajowa intelligence; receiving help from German soldiers in retrieving the buried fortune; moving his parents to a hotel in Berlin, Germany; moving with a friend to Prague, Czech Republic; deciding to cross the Eastern front and seeking refuge; being interrogated by Russian officials; his trial in Russia, conviction as a spy, and sentence of ten years in jail; and being transported to Arkhangelsk.


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Interviewee
Stanley Geron
Date
interview:  2002 October 23
interview:  2002 October 30
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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