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Oral history interview with Ewa Janik

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.214 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0214

Ewa Janik, born in 1942 in Częstochowa, Poland, discusses her childhood in an unidentified ghetto in occupied Poland; her father's involvement in the underground; being given by her parents to a Catholic Polish couple, who were also part of the underground, when the ghetto was liquidated; her father's death; being separated from her mother; being brought up as a Catholic by the family that sheltered her; a meeting at age 16 with a woman who gave her a letter from her birth mother who was living in the United States; her adopted parents' denial of the facts of her birth; her family life; her move with her husband and children to the United States; meeting her birth mother; the emotionally complex relationships she has with both her birth and adopted mothers; and her lack of either a Jewish or Catholic identification.

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Janik, Ewa
interview:  1997 March 23
Oral histories.
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:12
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