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Oral history interview with Rose Klepfisz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0482 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0381
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Rose Klepfisz, born on July 22, 1914 in Warsaw, Poland, describes her family; the death of her father in 1927 and tutoring children to make a living for her family; joining the Hachshara to work on a farm and prepare to immigrate to Israel; her siblings’ participation in the Bundist movement; her experiences with antisemitism before the war; getting married to her Polish boyfriend Michal against her mother’s wishes in 1937; Michal leaving the city on September 8, 1939 after the mayor of Warsaw warned all men of fighting age to leave; Michal returning and moving into the ghetto with her and her mother; the birth of her daughter Irene; Michal joining the underground movement; keeping her baby quiet during selections to avoid deportations; escaping from the ghetto to the Aryan side and adopting a new name and a job as a nanny; leaving Irene at an orphanage in Warsaw; discovering in late 1943 that Michal had been killed doing work for the underground; trying to track down Irene, who had been moved to Pruszków; going to Pruszków, where she stayed until Russian troops liberated her; meeting what family she had left in Lódz; immigrating to Sweden on March 31, 1946 with Irene; immigrating to Melbourne, Australia for a short period; and settling in the United States in 1949.

Interviewee
Rose Klepfisz
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1996 October 18  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..