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Oral history interview with Romana Koplewicz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1274 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0120

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    Oral history interview with Romana Koplewicz


    Interview Summary
    Romana Koplewicz (née Margitte), born April 26, 1919 in Warsaw, Poland, describes her pre-war life in Poland; her parents and sister; her father’s dye factory; her education at a private Jewish school; her law school education at the University of Joseph Pilsudski in Warsaw; the antisemitism she experienced in law school; meeting her husband in 1936; her inability to complete law school due to anti-Jewish legislation; the beginning of the war and ghettoization in Warsaw; working in her father’s factory; her father’s arrest and return in the spring of 1940; the liquidation of the ghetto; her work sewing German uniforms; her escape with her family from numerous selections; the false papers she and her sister acquired in 1943; her work in the ghetto in a manufacturing factory; working as a housekeeper to survive; her time in Otwock Poland working as a chambermaid in summer 1944 at a convent; her escape to Grodzisko Mazovieckie, Poland because the Gestapo were looking for her; her time working for a German in Warsaw; the Warsaw ghetto uprising; the ghetto’s evacuation and her transfer to Piastów, Poland; her survival and return to Warsaw; her reunion with her husband and their marriage; leaving Warsaw for Germany with her husband; her time in Germany with her husband waiting for their visa to the United States; her immigration to the United States in May 1949; her master’s degree in social work; and her two children and her life in the U.S.
    Mrs. Romana Koplewicz
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1993 October 08

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Koplewicz, Romana, 1919-

    Administrative Notes

    Gail Schwartz, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Romana Koplewicz on October 8, 1993.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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