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Oral history interview with Lisa Nussbaum Derman

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0300

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    Oral history interview with Lisa Nussbaum Derman

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    Interview Summary
    Lisa Nussbaum Derman, born on December 25, 1926 in Raczki, Poland, describes her experiences with antisemitism while growing up; the German invasion of Raczki in 1939; her family’s decision to flee to Slonim, Belarus; Slonim coming under German control and a ghetto being established on June 21, 1941; the occurrence of a major Aktion on November 14, 1941 and seeing a massacre in the forest; fleeing with her sister to the home of a Christian lady who had promised to hide them but had changed her mind when she found out the penalties for hiding Jews; fleeing to the forest, where they witnessed the massacre of Slonim’s Jewish population, including their mother; narrowly escaping death after being discovered by a forest ranger who forced her out onto the road where Jews were being led to their death; finding shelter with Christians and returning to the ghetto to find their father and brother who had survived the massacre; meeting Aron Dereczynski, who was involved in the Slonim underground movement and helped Lisa’s family with food and other necessities; her father’s arrangements allowing the family to escape from the ghetto and go to Vaŭkavysk, Belarus and then Hrodna, Belarus, where she reunited with Aron; transports from the ghetto beginning in November 1942; her escape with Aron to the Vilnius ghetto; getting involved in the underground movement and eventually escaping to the Naroch Forest in Belarus, where they joined the Kalininsky Otriad partisan unit and were liberated by the Soviet Army in 1944; reuniting with her family in Poland; making her way with Aron to Italy with the help of the Beriḥah organization; marrying Aron in Rome, Italy in 1947; and immigrating in late 1947 to the United States, where they had three children.
    Interviewee
    Lisa N. Derman
    Interviewer
    Sandra Bradley
    Date
    interview:  1994 November 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Provenance
    Sandra Bradley, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Lisa Nussbaum Derman on November 30, 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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