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Oral history interview with Rochelle Slivka

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0229 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0026

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Rochelle Slivka, born in 1922 in Vilnius, Lithuania, discusses her family and early life in Poland; how her friends and neighbors turned on the Jewish population when the war started; daily life in the Vilnius ghetto; her father’s position as a member of the Vilnius Judenrat; the resistance movement within Vilnius; the liquidation of Vilnius; being separated from her family; how her father died in Klooga, Estonia; being sent to the Kaiserwald concentration camp in Latvia and then Stutthof, Poland; her liberation by Russian troops; finding family members in the United States through a Jewish newspaper; her feelings of guilt; traveling to West Germany from Poland; becoming a nurse in Landsberg, Germany; immigrating to the United States; helping her sister immigrate to Israel; living in Boston, MA; her first public talk about the Holocaust; going back to Poland; her feelings about discrimination in the United States; her religious beliefs; traveling to Israel; volunteering in her local Jewish community; her family life in the United States; and her feelings about Germany.

Interviewee
Rochelle B. Slivka
Interviewer
Arwin Donohue
Date
1998 October 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation