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Oral history interview with Lisa Finkelstein

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.58 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0058

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    Oral history interview with Lisa Finkelstein


    Interview Summary
    Lucia (Lisa) Finkelstein (née Altstock), born on March 1, 1923 in Zloczów, Poland (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), discusses growing up in a comfortable home with two brothers, Marcus (born 1921) and Isaac (born 1931); attending a state school and then high school; attending Hebrew school; the Russian occupation in 1939; finishing high school in the Russian school system; the invasion of the Germans, which ceased her schooling; the murder of her family members by the Germans; a Polish woman, Wiktoria Glowacz, who took her into her house to do housekeeping and childcare in Kraków, Poland; staying with Ms. Glowacz for almost three years; receiving a false birth certificate (her false name was Waclawa Olszewska); being detained by the Gestapo, but running away while being taken to the police station; hiding overnight and returning to the house of Ms. Glowacz; getting a false ID; working in an advertising office; Ms. Glowacz arranging a hiding place for her; Ms. Glowacz helping many Jewish people, especially during the Warsaw uprising; a Jewish boy who stayed with them for five weeks (he was later hidden at a church); meeting and marrying her husband at the end of 1945; leaving Poland for Munich, Germany, where they lived for six years; preparing documents for Ms. Glowacz to be recognized as a Righteous Gentile; immigrating to Australia in 1951; settling in Melbourne; and her message to future generations to be good. (Family photographs are shown at the end of the interview.)
    Lisa Finkelstein
    Geri Kras
    interview:  1996 May 30

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Finkelstein, Lisa, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on May 30, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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