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Oral history interview with Hannah Kalman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2000.88 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0133

Chana Kalman, born on January 20, 1912 in Opoczno, Poland, describes her family and childhood; her experiences with antisemitism; moving to Łódź, Poland when she was eighteen years old; participating in a Zionist organization with several other young people; working during the day and attending a Hebrew school at night; getting married shortly before the death of her father in 1937; giving birth to a child on January 25, 1939; moving into the Łódź ghetto in 1940 and struggling to find food for herself and her son; the liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944; her deportation to Auschwitz with her sister and being forced around by SS men; her transfer to Bergen-Belsen shortly before her liberation; finding out about the death of her husband and child; getting remarried in 1946 and having a son and a daughter; remaining in Germany as a displaced person until 1950, when she immigrated to the United States; settling in Scranton, Pennsylvania; spending some time in Israel once her children had grown up; and her reflections on life in the United States.


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Interviewee
Hannah Kalman
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
interview:  1992 November 23
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:35
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