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Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0203

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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.

Interviewee
Mrs. Charlene P. Schiff
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1993 March 23  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:08:42
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