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Oral history interview with Rachel Ziontz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.284 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0284

Rachel Ziontz, born in Zamosć, Poland in 1931, describes being one of three children; attending first grade in a Polish school; the German invasion; briefly fleeing with her family to a nearby village; returning home; ghettoization; moving to an aunt's home in Szczelatyn, Poland; a round-up to Grabowiec, Poland; the family being chosen for farm work by a German farmer who knew them; her parents paying a farmer to hide her and her younger brother; overhearing that all the Jews had been killed; the farmer telling them he was taking them to their parents; jumping from the horse carriage en route (her brother didn't jump); seeking her parents in Hrubieszów, Poland; a volksdeutsch who was a family friend briefly hiding her; staying with a group of Jews working in a mill; discovering four Jewish boys hiding in a barn and staying with them; smuggling themselves into a work camp; leaving by herself when the camp was liquidated; a Polish woman obtaining a Polish birth certificate for her; living with villagers; her hospitalization in Zamosć; living with another Polish family; liberation by Soviet troops; remaining with the family for over a year; deciding to "not be Jewish"; conversion; an uncle locating her through the Joint; meeting him in Lublin, Poland; being moved to Jordanbad displaced persons camp; returning to Judaism; going to Marseille, France in 1946; her illegal immigration to Palestine by ship; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for seven months; transferring to a kibbutz; defending it during the Arab-Israeli war; her marriage in 1952; the births of her three sons; sharing her story with her children; visiting Zamosć; and feeling guilt over leaving her brother.

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Rachel Ziontz
interview:  1996 July 25
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:48
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