Oral history interview with Irene Rosen Front
Irene Front (born Yitka Rosen) discusses her childhood in Poland, her eight siblings, some of whom emigrated from Poland to the United States before World War II; her education in Warsaw; her marriage and life in prewar Warsaw, the death of her husband in a concentration camp, the deaths of her parents and siblings who stayed in Poland; conditions in the Warsaw ghetto; crossing into the Polish side of the ghetto with false papers; hiding in several apartments and homes; hiding in one woman’s apartment while it was being used by German soldiers to shoot at resistance fighters from open windows; the Jewish resistance in the ghetto; hiding in a Polish policeman’s apartment with several other Jews; the hiding spaces the Polish policeman created using false walls; the death of the policeman during resistance fighting; relocating to a nearby village; the arrival of Russian forces in Warsaw; her job registering returning Jews; the arrival of a delegation to retrieve Jewish children who were placed in hiding with Christian families; living in Paris for two years following the war; reuniting with family members in Detroit, MI; and her marriage to Jack Front who was born in Europe and served with the United States Army during World War II.
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