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Oral history interview with Roza Kent

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.335 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0335

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The interview describes Ms. Kent's childhood in a town near Lwow, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine), the invasion first by Russians and then by Germans in 1939, the family's forced move to a ghetto, and their escape from execution by hiding in a basement. Ms. Kent describes obtaining false identity papers, the escape of some family members to Palestine, the liquidation of the ghetto, and the murder of its remaining occupants. She discusses both betrayal and rescue by Polish friends, her escape to the woods and hiding with partisans, and her marriage to a Polish Catholic partisan. Ms. Kent describes being arrested by the Gestapo; convincing a Gestapo guard to free her; finding shelter with a Gentile woman and giving birth; living under difficult conditions, the town's liberation by Russian troops in August 1944 and the conscription of her husband into the Soviet army. She discusses her husband's return, their experiences living under Russian domination, their escape to Germany where they lived in displaced persons camps for three years, and their immigration to the United States in 1948.

Interviewee
Roza Kent
Date
1989 September 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:14:09
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