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Oral history interview with Charlene Perlmutter Schiff

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.120 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0120

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Charlene Schiff (née Sulamit Perlmutter), born December 16, 1929 in Horochow, Poland (now Horokhiv, Ukraine), describes a secure and happy prewar life in a large Jewish community governed by the kehillah (Kehilla); her family members who were town leaders; the Russian occupation of Eastern Poland; the German invasion in June 1941; the ghettoization of her town and the desperate living conditions therein; her mother’s arrangement for her and her sister to escape the ghetto and hide in farm houses across the river; the disappearance of her mother; the rejection of an agreement by the farmer, leaving her abandoned and alone; her attempts to find her mother while hiding in the woods; her eventual discovery by Russian troops; her hospitalization; her time in various displaced persons camps in Germany; her education at the University of Heidelberg; her immigration to the United States in 1948; living with her aunt in Columbus, OH; and her life post-war.

Interviewee
Mrs. Charlene P. Schiff
Date
1993 March 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:02:07
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