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Oral history interview with Josefa Olshavang

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.65 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0065

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Josefa Olshavang, born on July 17, 1914 in Memel (Klaipėda), Lithuania, describes her family; attending school with Jewish students; not realizing that antisemitism existed around her; being raised in the Roman Catholic tradition; the death of her brother from tuberculosis in 1932; getting married to a Jewish man in 1938; the Russian invasion of Lithuania in 1940; the murder of her mother in a mass shooting; attaining a passport under her maiden name, so people would not recognize that she was married to a Jewish man; her husband being sent to fight in Russia in 1941; taking a Jewish girl into hiding; and her anger over the Catholic Church not helping the Jews more.

Interviewee
Josefa Olshavang
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
1988 July 26  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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