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Oral history interview with Jerry Slivka

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0230 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0027

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Jerry Slivka, born July 11, 1915 in Ukraine, discusses being evacuated to Germany during World War I; growing up away from his siblings; his early political affiliations; getting married and starting a family; the murder of his wife and son in Povorsk, Poland (Ukraine); living in a labor camp in the Soviet Union; his views on communism; staying in a displaced persons camp in Italy; immigrating to the United States on the ship Marine Perch; establishing a life in Boston, MA; becoming an American citizen; attending Bentley College; meeting his second wife and starting a family; moving to Portland, ME; how Povorsk came under Communist rule and did not allow monuments to the Jews who were killed during the Holocaust; contacting the House of Waleen, an Israeli organization, to help establish a monument; going back to Poland; finally erecting a monument to honor those who were killed in Povorsk; working as an interpreter for newly arriving immigrants; volunteering with the Jewish community; helping establish the Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine; speaking to school-children about the Holocaust; his family and his religious beliefs; and his thoughts on violence in the world.

Interviewee
Jerry Slivka
Interviewer
Arwin Donohue
Date
1998 October 23  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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