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Oral history interview with Nina Frisch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.82 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0082

Nina Frisch, born July 25, 1935 in Stanislawa, Poland (Stanislav, Ukraine), describes being raised in an Orthodox family; being moved into a ghetto with her family when she was six years old; hiding in nearby woods in 1943, surviving on hazelnuts, periodically running from German troops; how her mother was shot to death and buried in the woods; being hidden with her father by Staszek Jaczkowski, who was a Polish man honored by Yad Vashem for saving 31 Jews; staying in a bunker in the cellar of Staszek’s house from September 1943 to July 1944, along with many other Jews; being liberated by the Russians; how the Jewish families hiding in this bunker survived, established daily routines, and tried to keep some degree of normalcy; Staszek treating the group very humanely and trying to establish an escape route for them after it became extremely dangerous to stay in the bunker; going with her father to the United States in May 1949 because they could not go to Israel; how she came to terms with surviving when so many others were killed; why she is willing to talk about her experiences; and her feelings on Germans.

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Frisch, Nina
interview:  1985 April 22
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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