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Oral history interview with Lillian Wishnefsky

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

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    Oral history interview with Lillian Wishnefsky


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Lillian K. Wishnefsky
    interview:  1986 December 10
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Lillian Wishnefsky in Philadelphia, Pa., on December 10, 1986. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 30, 1999.
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