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Oral history interview with Florence Gitelman Eisen

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0260

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    Oral history interview with Florence Gitelman Eisen


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Florence Eisen
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1994 August 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Eisen, Florence, 1928-

    Administrative Notes

    Randy M. Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Florence Gitelman Eisen on August 18, 1994. This interview is one of 51 oral histories included in the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance.
    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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