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Oral history interview with Cipora Hurwitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.281 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0281

Cipora Hurwitz (née Fedunia Rosenstein), born in 1933 in Hrubieszów, Poland, discusses her prewar family life; the arrival of the Germans and then the Russians; life in the ghetto and the role of the Judenrat; the atrocities in the ghetto including the murder of her sixteen year old brother; her eldest brother’s escape to Russia; going into hiding with her family; the murder of her parents; her time in a small work camp; her transfer to camp Budzyn; her time in Majdanek concentration camp where she worked in the central laundry; being marched out of Majdanek as the Russians advanced; collapsing during the march and being saved by two escaped political prisoners; residing with a peasant family for two weeks; traveling to Lublin, Poland; returning to Hrubieszów, Poland; returning to Lublin and going into an orphanage; reuniting with her surviving aunt and cousin; the relocation of the orphanage to Peterswaldau, Germany (Pieszyce, Poland); traveling to Łódź, Poland; immigrating to Palestine in 1947 after staying in camps in Bratislava (Slovakia), Bad Reichenhall (Germany), and Bergen-Belsen (Germany); her postwar life in Israel; and her return to Poland later in life. [Additional information can be found in Cipora Hurwitz’s autobiography “Forbidden Strawberries”]

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Cipora Hurwitz
interview:  1996 July 25
11 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:08:49
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