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Oral history interview with Ada Matulski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.346 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0346

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ada Matulski (née Greenglass), born in Warsaw, Poland, in December 1933, describes growing up with her parents and her pleasant childhood; her neighborhood, where she attended preschool and spent her summers on the countryside until the war broke out; the Nazis confiscating all her family’s belongings and having to move into the Warsaw Ghetto; how in the ghetto parents would hide their children until they returned from work; witnessing terrible sights in the ghetto; her father smuggling her out of the ghetto and staying with a local family using a false ID; how after the Warsaw uprising the Germans exiled the entire population; being forced to leave the family she was staying with because they went to live with their antisemitic relatives in a village; going to another village where she told the people there a made up story and they let her stay; attending church with these people and living with them for almost a year; going to Grójec, where a local family adopted her; leading a normal life, attending school, and doing rather well but living in constant fear of her adoptive father; leaving the village in 1947 by telling a neighbor that she was Jewish and being taken to a Warsaw Jewish institution; developing typhoid fever and being hospitalized; reuniting with her uncle in the hospital; immigrating in 1950 to Israel, where she joined the army, went to nursing school, got married, and had a family; the difficulty she had adjusting to Israel; not talking about her war experiences for many years; and her on-going attempts to hide her constant anxiety about the safety of her family.

Interviewee
Ada Matulski
Date
1998 May 14  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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