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Oral history interview with Ala Sztajnert

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.83 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0083

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    Oral history interview with Ala Sztajnert


    Interview Summary
    Ala Sztajnert, born in 1915 in Jabna in Eastern Galicia (now in Ukraine), describes her family and childhood; her antisemitic father and not getting along with him; being told by her father to not shop at Jewish-owned business but going anyway; receiving nurses training at a Jewish-owned private clinic in Lvov (L'viv, Ukraine); the Russian invasion of her town in 1940; working in a bakery and sending packages to a Jewish family in the Warsaw Ghetto; working at a restaurant and sneaking food out for some Jews; converting to Judaism after the war; assisting a Jewish family hide and get food; the lack of awareness about what was happening to the Jews; registering in the Jewish community in Łódź, Poland after the war and a pogrom in Łódź, during which she received a death threat; and spending two years in Italy and Cyprus before arriving in Israel in 1948.
    Ala Sztajnert
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1987 July 05

    Physical Details

    English French
    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Sztajnert, Ala, 1915-

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Ala Sztajnert on July 5, 1987 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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