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Oral history interview with Irene O'Ryan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.348 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0348

The interview describes Ms. O'Ryan's childhood in Stanisławów, Poland (now Stanislav, Ukraine); the occupation of the town by Russian troops in 1939, and by Hungarian troops in 1941. Ms. O'Ryan describes being forced with her family into the Jewish ghetto and a terrifying incident in which the entire Jewish population was taken to the cemetery where one-third were shot and killed. She discusses the forced registration of Jews in March 1942, the deportation and death of her mother, and her decision to leave her sister and go into hiding. Ms. O'Ryan describes passing as a non-Jew with false identity papers, and working at a farm in Germany where she was liberated in 1945. She discusses her experiences in displaced persons camps and her immigration to the United States.

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Irene O'Ryan
Judith Antelman
interview:  1994 April 04
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:50:26
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