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Oral history interview with Lisa Finkelstein

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

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.)

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Finkelstein, Lisa
Kras, Geri
interview:  1996 May 30
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..