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Oral history interview with Chevka Svedosh

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.416.3 | RG Number: RG-50.650.0002

Chevka Svedosh, born in May 1919 in Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania, discusses the backgrounds of her parents before the war; living in Vilna through the age of five; moving to Warsaw, Poland and being raised in the Warsaw ghetto through most of her childhood; belonging to the youth group her father directed; her father’s political journalism and subsequent persecution by German authorities; her romantic relationships and sex-education in Warsaw; her mother’s resourceful efforts to feed hospitalized children as well as her own children in 1939, despite the severe lack of food; her father’s escape to Russia and Japan, while she stayed with her headstrong mother to care for other victims; the lack of contraception and abundant access to abortion services within Warsaw because of the high rates of pregnancy; graduating from nursing school in 1940 and working in a Jewish hospital; meeting her future husband Ludwig through the hospital where they were both employed; the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943; and her life experiences after the war.

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Chevka Svedosh
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  1984 March 16-1984 April 13
Oral histories.
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Ringelheim
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:26:15
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