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Oral history interview with Lillian Wishnefsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.74 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0074

Lillian (Lili) Wishnefsky (née Kupferberg), born in Sosnowiec, Poland in December 1929, describes her father, who was a merchant and her mother a professional pianist; attending public school until the fourth grade, which was the year when Germany invaded Poland (September 1939); the formation of the Sosnowiec Ghetto in 1941 and the confiscation of her father’s factory; her clandestine education; life in the ghetto and the deportations; living for one and a half years in the ghetto before her family was moved to the Srodula Ghetto; her mother obtaining false papers; being hidden by Christians; the Nazis taking her father in the middle of the night, murdering her grandparents, and deporting her; going to a transit camp then Auschwitz (Birkenau), where she was assigned to forced labor; how her barracks were located across from the gas chambers; being sent after one and a half years on a death march to Ravensbrück; being part of a prisoner exchange arranged by President Roosevelt and traveling to Sweden via Denmark; her experiences on a Danish farm and being moved to Stockholm, which was precipitated by a Swedish publishing company’s interest in her diary; and her move to the US in November 1945.

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Wishnefsky, Lillian Kupferberg
interview:  1986 December 10
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:10:41
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