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Oral history interview with Rozalia Jakubowicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1280.13 | RG Number: RG-50.225.0013

Maria Jakubowicz, born in 1918 in Kraków, Poland, describes her father's tannery in Dobczyce; cordial relations with non-Jews; living in Podgórze; participating in Akiba, a Zionist organization; her marriage in 1937; the German invasion in 1939; her husband's imprisonment as a spy (he was in the Polish military) and his release after paying ransom; leaving her son with her parents in Dobczyce; working for the underground in Kraków; ghettoization; obtaining a job distributing food rations, then as a waitress for German soldiers; secretly leaving the ghetto to visit her son; providing a Jewish boy with food; helping distribute medicines received from the Joint; her contact with Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a Pole who maintained a ghetto pharmacy (she is critical of him); a round-up when a friend was killed and she was whipped; escaping from the ghetto to her family in Dobczyce; returning to Kraków; moving with her son to Płaszów; their escape; hiding with her husband and others in a bunker; smuggling food while disguised as a Pole; postwar antisemitism resulting in her husband's imprisonment; confiscation of their successful winery; meeting Oskar Schindler; her husband's friendship with Pope John Paul II; the murder of her entire family in the Holocaust; and the music of Mordecai Gebirtig.

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Rozalia Jakubowicz
interview:  1995 May 13
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:36
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