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Oral history interview with Rita Ross

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

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    Oral history interview with Rita Ross


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Rita Ross
    Geri Kras
    interview:  1996 April 17

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Ross, Rita, 1935-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on April17, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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