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Oral history interview with Dana Schwartz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1447 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1447

Dana Schwartz, born in 1935, discusses her experiences as a young child during the Holocaust in Lwow, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine); the beginning of the war in 1939 when she fled with parents to the Hungarian border, only to return when her parents were reluctant to make this drastic step; the Soviet occupation of Lwow; her father escaping conscription by the Soviet Army; the arrival of the Nazi occupiers in June 1941; being forced with her family into the ghetto; the fear, hunger, and roundups; her memories of one particular action in 1942 in which she and her family hid under a building for two weeks; her father obtaining false papers; passing as Christians in a village near Lublin; her father's detention and death in Janowska concentration camp; being liberated by Soviet troops in August 1944; her mother's death after the war; living in Sweden and attending a displaced persons’ school; her memories of the evening when the United Nations voted to establish the State of Israel; her immigration to the United States at age 15; learning English; attending university to become a teacher; her marriage and three sons; and obtaining a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

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Dana Schwartz
interview:  1983 April 18
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-24 17:09:45
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