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Oral history interview with Fani Birnberg Ross

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0196

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Fani Birnberg Ross, born on October 1, 1922 in Gwozdziec, Poland, describes her childhood; growing up in a farming family; the German invasion in 1941 and living in a house already in the limits of the ghetto, which did not require her to move; seeing a mass shooting after which her father and cousins had to place the bodies into a large gravesite; escaping to live on a farm just as trucks arrived in the ghetto to take Jews away during a mass deportation; returning to the ghetto and getting jailed because she did not have papers that said she could work; escaping from the jail with her cousin and his wife and going into hiding first in a sewer and then in the forest; going to Lwów to live with a family friend and nurse herself back to health; travelling to Radom to sell dresses with a friend and work for an SS officer, Doppler, as a kitchen maid; living for a time in the Black Forest with a family; traveling to Schramberg, Germany and working as a lapidary; dealing with the loss of her mother and father during the war; getting married in Bergen-Belsen in 1946; and immigrating to the United States in 1950.

Interviewee
Ms. Fani B. Ross
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1991 June 27  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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