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Oral history interview with Irene Frisch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0113.4 | RG Number: RG-50.059.0004

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

Irene Frisch (née Bienstock), born on May 3, 1931 in Drohobycz, Poland (Drohobych, Ukraine), describes her childhood; being the youngest of three children in a prosperous family; the influence their Christian housekeeper (Frania Sobkowa) had on her; the war beginning and living in the ghetto; being sent to live with Frania; celebrating Christmas; many of her Jewish friends not surviving the war; Frania’s small apartment, where there was little room for hiding; hearing about the liquidation of the ghetto; Frania’s efforts to convenience her neighbors that she was not hiding Jews; Frania witnessing a hanging of Polish people who had helped Jews and her reaction; Frania's generosity; being liberated by the Russians; Frania's antisemitic neighbors; being treated poorly by the Russian soldiers; leaving Poland around 1949 or 1950 and going to Israel; the death of her brother during the war; the journey out of Poland; finding their father after the war and listening to his horror stories about the concentration camps he survived; visiting Poland later in life and seeing the camps; living in Legnica, Poland; attending school and experiencing antisemitism from the administration; sending money to Frania and Frania’s reluctance to accept it; immigrating to the United States and keeping in touch with Frania; her sister living in Atlanta, GA; Frania visiting them in New York, NY; and staying in touch with Frania’s niece.

Interviewee
Irene Frisch
Interviewer
Bozenna M. Urbanowicz-Gilbride
Date
1992 February 22  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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