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Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0203

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    Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff


    Interview Summary
    Charlene Perlmutter Schiff, born in Horokhiv, Poland (now Ukraine) on December 16, 1929, describes her parents’ roles as educators and civic leaders; the German invasion in the summer of 1941 and her town’s loss of its Jewish leaders, including her father; her mother and older sister having to do forced labor until they moved into a ghetto; digging an escape route out of the ghetto in order to get food and bring it back with some of the other children; her mother arranging for her remaining family to go into hiding; being separated from her mother when trying to escape to her hiding place; finding the farmer who had agreed to hide her but no longer being able to hide with him; hiding and wandering alone through the forests for two years; Russian soldiers discovering her after the war and placing her in a military hospital; moving into a displaced persons camp; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.
    Schiff, Mrs. Charlene Perlmutter
    Ringelheim, Dr. Joan
    interview:  1993 March 23
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Joan Ringelheim, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff on March 23, 1993.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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