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Oral history interview with Irene Salomonawicz Fleming

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0366

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

Irene Salomonawicz Fleming, born on March 5, 1921 in Lódz, Poland, describes growing up in a wealthy, traditional Jewish family; being forced out of her home after the German invasion of Poland in 1939; losing her family’s textile factory to a German family friend who had proposed to her; wanting to follow the Soviet troops into Russia and marrying an older man to do so; divorcing her husband after two months and returning to live with her family in their uncle’s home; moving into a small apartment with another family inside of the Lódz ghetto; working in a ghetto rubber factory for almost three years; switching jobs to work in the ghetto Housing Department, where she helped to find lodging for people who had recently arrived; meeting her current husband in 1942 and marrying him a year later; the German liquidation of Lódz in 1944 and her transport to Ravensbrück, where she was sold as slave labor to the Tzana Arado airplane factory; the liberation of Ravensbrück in April 1945 by Russian troops; searching for her husband for ten months; and immigrating with her husband and their baby daughter to the United States on November 7, 1949.

Interviewee
Irene S. Fleming
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1996 May 16  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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