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Oral history interview with Rafael Wilschanski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2012.50.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0655

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    Oral history interview with Rafael Wilschanski


    Interview Summary
    Rafael Wilschinski, born in November 1924 in Radom, Poland, discusses growing up in Batumi, Republic of Georgia; his parents’ backgrounds in the Lubavitch community in Ukraine; not attending a Jewish school; moving frequently because they did not want to be arrested and sent to Siberia for practicing Judaism; being treated as second class citizens since his father did not hold a regular job; going to Kursk, Russia and Voronezh, Russia when he was 12 years old; attending an underground Jewish school; remaining in Kursk and the nearby shtetl for six years; the German occupation beginning in 1941; many Jews being arrested and murdered; keeping in contact with his family; how their Lubavitch Rabbi kept his members strong through this time by emphasizing that they should look forward to the coming generations; the emigrations of the students from the Yeshiva; reuniting with his family in Samarkand, Uzbekistan; going with his family to Poland in December 1946; learning about the extermination camps; escaping through Czechoslovakia to Vienna, Austria where they were placed in an American UNRRA displaced persons camps in Pocking near Munich, Germany; going with other families to Paris, France; living in Paris and assisting the Lubavitch office for 25 years; getting married; and his beliefs about practicing religion.
    Mr. Rafael Wilschanski
    Dr. Henri Lustiger Thaler
    interview:  2012 March 25
    Credit Line
    Interview made possible by a grant from Edwin Goldstein.

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    Personal Name
    Wilschanski, Rafael.

    Administrative Notes

    Henri Lustiger Thaler, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Rafael Wilschanski in Brooklyn, NY on March 25, 2012.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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