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Oral history interview with Rachel Kalisher

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.70 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0070

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    Oral history interview with Rachel Kalisher


    Interview Summary
    Rachel Kalisher, born in Sokoly, Poland, discusses her education; antisemitism in the public school; her attempt to leave for Israel; the war breaking out in 1939; Germans invading then Russians coming in; the separation of her family due to the “Iron Curtain”; their Russian ID cards; joining the rest of her family with the Russian takeover of Lithuania; the Germany entry into Lithuania; Lithuanian support of Germany; the anti-Jewish laws; being deported in Fall 1941; the Vilna ghetto; stories of the mass killings of Jews by Germans; hiding from forced labor deportations; escaping to the Bialystok ghetto; hiding with a Christian family; the underground movement; the transference of the Vilna ghetto to Lublin in February 1943; hiding in a bunker; arrival of the Russians; searching for a home and being unwelcomed; the remaining 30 Jews in Bialystok; joining the Brechah movement; the arrival of survivors from the camps and the stories emerging; returning to Sokoly; a pogrom in Sokoly by Poles the spring of 1945; joining Dror and being sent to a training farm in Waldenburg; immigrating to Israel with her mother; working with orphan children coming to Israel; joining the Lochamei Hagetaot Kibbutz; teaching school in Israel; and the development of the kibbutz.
    Rachel Kalisher
    interview:  1992 June 25
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Personal Name
    Kalisher, Rachel.

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Rachael Kalisher in Israel on June 25, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February1995.
    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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