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Oral history interview with Rachel Kalisher

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

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.

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Kalisher, Rachel
interview:  1992 June 25
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:45:01
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