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Oral history interview with Itamar Orian

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.371 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0371

Itamar Orian, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1936, describes living with his educated middle-class parents; experiencing the bombing and plundering of Warsaw by German soldiers at the beginning of the war; his father being in the Polish army and being taken prisoner; living in the ghetto and his mother locking him in his room when she went out; seeing dead bodies on the street, Germans on trucks shooting people in the street, and Germans taking people away on trucks; going to live with his grandfather for a time; living in 1942 with his mother, who worked in a shop during the day while he hid in a bunker; his father’s escape in 1942; escaping the ghetto with his mother and meeting up with his father in Warsaw; his family obtaining false IDs and living in a small apartment; how when the Germans required all the men to work his family hid in a small town nearby until they were liberated by the Russians; his uncle being instrumental in obtaining a position for Itamar’s father in Wroclaw, Poland; his father’s death in 1949; his uncle helping Itamar and his mother return to Warsaw in 1952; studying engineering in Warsaw; immigrating to Israel with his mother in 1956; his Christian friend who saved many Jews; and his views on the sources of antisemitism in Poland.

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Itamar Orian
Nathan Beyrak
interview:  2000 March 16
7 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:40
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