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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Strassburger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0362 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0087

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Elizabeth Strassburger, born in 1938, discusses her childhood in a small town near Zakopane, Poland; her father’s arrest and imprisonment in Siberia; being forced into the Tarnow ghetto with her mother and grandmother; watching her grandmother being taken by the Germans; hiding under an assumed Christian identity; being drugged and hidden in a basement during dangerous times; the family who hid her and her mother; believing she was a Catholic; her Catholic schooling; liberation by the Russians; learning she was Jewish after the war; being smuggled out of Poland with her mother; living at a Jewish orphanage with her mother in Germany; learning her father was alive; moving to Italy to be with her father; immigrating to England with her family; immigrating to the United States; adjusting to life as a teenager in the U.S.; her marriage; studying social work in college; her volunteer work; and her family.

Interviewee
Elizabeth Lusthaus Strassburger
Interviewer
Margaret Garrett
Date
1997 October 31  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:57:55
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