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Oral history interview with Lotte Hirsch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0291 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0440

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Lotte Hirsch, born in 1918 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, describes her childhood; her encounters with antisemitism while she attended university; the Soviet occupation of Chernivtsi from 1940 to 1941 and having to stop her university studies and work in a factory; witnessing deportations to Siberia carried out by the Russians; Romanian and German troops taking over Chernivtsi and establishing a ghetto and several restrictions on the Jewish population; hearing about executions carried out by the German and Romanian soldiers; how her fiancé Carl was able to obtain an exemption from deportation because of his profession as an engineer; her marriage to Carl in a civil ceremony in the mayor's office; life under the occupation; witnessing more deportations in 1942; receiving better treatment after a new governor of Bukovina was instated; the return of Carl's cousin from deportation to Transnistria; her liberation by the Russians in 1944; and her immigration to the United States in 1962.

Interviewee
Lotte L. Hirsch
Interviewer
Dr. Radu Ioanid
Date
1995 May 05  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).