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Oral history interview with Rachel Mutterperl Goldfarb

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0082

Rachel Mutterperl Goldfarb, born on December 2, 1930 in Dokczyce, eastern Poland (now Dokshytsy, Belarus), describes her family and early childhood; growing up near the Russian border and not experiencing much antisemitism; the German occupation and the establishment of a ghetto in the winter of 1941; learning Hebrew and hearing her father talk about Zionism; maintaining religious traditions in the ghetto; the liquidation of the ghetto over a period of six months; going into hiding with different family members and in various locations within and outside the ghetto; her recollections of Jewish resistance leaders; going into hiding with her mother in the woods and on farms; joining a partisan unit in the forests; finding out from word of mouth that Russian forces were approaching and would liberate the partisan unit; living with some peasants after the war; deciding that she and her mother had to leave Russia because of antisemitism that still existed; immigrating to the United States on November 17, 1947; and settling in New York, NY and then Washington, DC.

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Rachel M. Goldfarb
Mr. Paul A. Shapiro
interview:  1991 September 05
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection