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Oral history interview with Lea Zalkind

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.222 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0222

Lea Zalkind (née Mattersdorfer), born on February 26, 1932 in Karlovac, Yugoslavia (Croatia), discusses her childhood years; her family's affluence; visiting Zagreb; cordial relations with non-Jews; the fate of her father at the hands of the Ustasha and his deportation to Zagreb, where he was executed in retaliation for a partisan attack; her landlord's mother-in-law taking her to Kranj, Slovenia; her mother's arrival three weeks later, then her grandmother's; fleeing to Trieste, Italy; being sent to Concordia, Italy; attending an Italian school; her mother working for the local police commander; obtaining false documents in a convent in Nonantola, Italy; living with a priest's sister in Fiorano until the end of the war; her grandmother's death; liberation by partisans; learning her father had been killed; moving to Modena; working with Jewish refugees; immigration to Israel in 1945; sharing her experiences with her husband, but not her children; and a 1975 visit to Karolvac and to her grandmother's grave in the village in which she hid and where they were lovingly welcomed. She also shows documents and photographs.

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Lea Zalkind
interview:  1995 October 26
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:39
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