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Oral history interview with Lola Rapoport

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.50 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0050

Lola Tennebaum Rapoport, born October 4, 1919, discusses her family’s move to Łódź, Poland; her father Moshe Tennebaum, who owned a cigarette factory; her mother Tola Weissfle; her older brother and younger sister; attending a Polish school; the beginning of the war; being expelled from their home; her father having to give away his factory; working in a knitting factory 1939-1941; getting married in the ghetto on March 6, 1942; working in the office of an upholstery factory; her brother working as a doctor for which he received special rations; her sister, who worked in a raincoat factory; the deportation of her family in August 1944; her husband, who hid his parents; the 500 Jews allowed to stay in the ghetto; living in a compound in the ghetto that was administered by the Gestapo; being liberated by the Russians; living with her husband’s family; her father and brother returning to Łódź in May/June 1945; her father getting his cigarette factory back; having a baby in 1946; going to Stockholm, Sweden for eight months; traveling through Copenhagen, Denmark then Italy, and ultimately immigrating to Australia in March 1948; her father, who remarried and went to Israel; her brother staying in Poland until 1958 when he immigrated to Australia; adjusting to life in Australia; her husband’s knitting factory; having a second child; and her message to future generation to learn the history of the Holocaust and try to prevent it from happening again.


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Interviewee
Lola Rapoport
Interviewer
Kitia Altman
Date
interview:  1996 April 25
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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