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Oral history interview with Rita Ross

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.68 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0068

Rita Ross, born on January 14, 1935 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses her early childhood in Wolomin (approximately 30 km east of Warsaw); being an only child; her father, mother, and extended family; moving into the ghetto in Wolomin with her mother, father, and grandmother soon after the ghetto’s creation in late 1939; having no memory of religious upbringing or practice; her father, who was able to travel between the Wolomin ghetto and Warsaw for business; her father being warned by a Polish friend of the impending liquidation of the ghetto; fleeing the ghetto in 1941 and staying in an apartment of the Polish friend; her grandmother remaining in Wolomin and not being heard from again; hearing screams from the ghetto the next day; moving to Warsaw and hiding on the Aryan side; moving from place to place and finally being hidden for the rest of the war in an apartment along with another family in Pruszków, a town just southwest of Warsaw; having to live in strict secrecy and not being able to go outside or attend school; being liberated with her mother and father by the Russians in March 1945; feeling joyous at the newfound freedom; walking to Warsaw; moving to Łódź and living in a tiny apartment; going to school and encountering antisemitism but being unable to recall specific incidents; developing a mild case of tuberculosis and spending some time in a sanitarium; leaving Poland for Paris, France in 1947 on their way to Melbourne, Australia; and getting married and raising a family.


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Interviewee
Rita Ross
Interviewer
Geri Kras
Date
interview:  1996 April 17
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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