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Oral history interview with Ina Rennert-Rakavy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.24 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0024

Ina Rennert-Rakavy discusses her family; her father, who was an engineer; her mother, who had studied medicine; her parents not being able to find work in Vienna, Austria; her family moving in 1934 from Vienna to Poland, where her grandfather owned real estate; her family’s decision to leave Warsaw at the outbreak of war; hiding among trees during the bombings; arriving in Lvov, Polish (L’viv, Ukraine), which was not under German control; staying with her father’s friends; relocating often in Lvov because they did not have papers; Soviet soldiers deporting refuges and finding her family; her father’s membership in the Communist Party not helping them; the family being taken by a military car to the military station where Jews were separated from other refugees and put in cattle cars; her father’s poor health and decision to escape from train; her father running in one direction while she and her mother ran in another direction; relocating to the Lvov ghetto; the German invasion; her grandfather leaving the ghetto with his US passport, being arrested, and dying in captivity; her parents’ sending her to a rural village for safety; going with her mother to the Warsaw ghetto in November 1942; the increasing number of roundups and deportations from the ghetto; being sent by her parents to a convent in December 1942 along with other Jewish children; leaving the convent with forged documents and the new name Irena Petrofska; going into hiding with mother in January 1943 in Warsaw; her mother’s work with the resistance; being sheltered by a Polish woman and her daughter and living relatively normal despite her fear of betrayal; traveling in 1944 to Krakow, Poland; being relocated by the Polish Red Cross to an apartment for a two-month period; her mother’s job as a maid; life returning to normal in February 1945; the return of some friends and family to Poland; and moving to Paris, France in July 1945.

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Rennert-Rakavy, Ina
interview:  1993 December 20
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:12:30
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