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Oral history interview with Rochelle Slivka

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

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    Oral history interview with Rochelle Slivka


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Rochelle B. Slivka
    Arwin Donohue
    interview:  1998 October 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Arwin Donohue, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Rochelle Slivka on October 22, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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