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Oral history interview with Irene Rosen Front

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.207.1 | RG Number: RG-50.697.0001

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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Irene Front
Linda Manning
interview:  1994 May
Oral histories.
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Deborah Klevans
Record last modified: 2020-07-09 14:11:52
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