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Oral history interview with Leah Hammerstein Silverstein

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0363

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    Oral history interview with Leah Hammerstein Silverstein


    Interview Summary
    Leah Hammerstein Silverstein, born on April 10, 1924 in Praga, Poland, describes participating in the Zionist scout group Hashomer Hatzair; the German occupation of Praga; moving into the Warsaw ghetto with her family in the fall of 1940; living in the Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in the ghetto; escaping to live on a farm run by the Hashomer Hatzair in Zarki, Poland, where she stayed from September 1941 to May 1942; going to the Czestochowa ghetto; serving as a courier for Hashomer Hatzair, which allowed her to travel between the Kraków ghetto and the Płaszów camp; the death of her father and grandmother because of starvation in the ghetto; escaping to the Tarnów ghetto but soon returning to Kraków; escaping to the Aryan side using false papers and working as a kitchen helper for a German hospital from November 1942 until March 1943; stealing a German gun, which she used during the Czestochowa ghetto uprising; eventually returning to the Warsaw ghetto to participate in the uprising but being assigned to work undercover on the Aryan side; her participation in underground activities with Zydowski Komitet Narodowy and Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa; fighting with a Jewish unit of the Armia Ludowa from October until mid-November 1944 as part of the Warsaw Uprising; her capture by the Germans and surviving until the Russians liberated her in Brwinów, Poland; immigrating to Israel in 1949; marrying Abraham Silberstein, a fellow resistance fighter and member of Hashomer Hatzair; and immigrating to the United States with her family in 1968.
    Leah H. Silverstein
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1996 May 22

    Physical Details

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

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    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. One statement in the interview is not to be used in any publication or production, see release agreement for details.

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    Administrative Notes

    Randy M. Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Leah Hammerstein Silverstein on May 22, 1996. 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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