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Oral history interview with Leah Hammerstein Silverstein

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0363

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Leah H. Silverstein
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1996 May 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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