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Oral history interview with Goldie Gendelman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0425 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0074

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Goldie Gendelman, born November 17, 1933 in Lechowichi (possibly Lyakhavichy, Belarus), Poland near Baranowichi (possibly Baranovichi, Belarus), discusses her parents, Chaim and Chana Wolochiwianski; growing up in an extremely Orthodox family; being raised to speak Polish and Yiddish; her family’s attempt to immigrate to the United States; how she and her family made it to Cuba and stayed there for 11 years; living in Regla, Cuba; her struggles to communicate in Spanish; being run over by a bus in Cuba; how she and her family finally were able to immigrate to the United States in 1948; her paternal uncle in the United States who assisted with the immigration process; her experience with antisemitism in Poland and Cuba; graduating from high school in the United States; volunteering at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and her feelings about leaving Poland, living in Cuba, and starting a new life in the United States.

Interviewee
Ms. Goldie Gendelman
Interviewer
Esther Finder
Date
1997 October 08  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 sound cassette (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-05-09 09:24:00
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