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Oral history interview with Florence Gitelman Eisen

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0260

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Florence Gitelman Eisen, born August 28, 1928 in Lakhva, Poland (Belarus), describes growing up in a religious family; the Soviet occupation of Lakhva in 1939 that lasted until July 8, 1941, when the town was taken over by the German army; going into the Lakhva ghetto, where she worked digging ditches; finding out that her father and brother had decided to participate in a resistance movement within the ghetto; immediately running out of the ghetto to avoid being present during the resistance uprising; meeting a group of escapees nearby who stayed with her until she met her father in the woods; her father’s work with partisan groups that were remnants of Belarusian Red Army units; sewing and cooking while her father worked as a barber for soldiers; learning that her brother was wounded in the ghetto uprising and killed by local citizens in Lakhva; being separated from her father but having Russian soldiers rescue and take care of her for a few months; remaining with the Russian soldiers until they arrived in Lublin, Poland, where Florence contracted typhus; reuniting with her father and staying with him until they were liberated near Słupsk, Poland in the summer of 1944; spending two years in the Pocking displaced persons camp near Munich, Germany; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.

Interviewee
Florence Eisen
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1994 August 18  (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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