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Oral history interview with Halina Błaszczyk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.86 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0086

Halina Błaszczyk, born in Izbica, Poland in 1929, discusses prewar relations between Jews and Christians; living in a Jewish neighborhood; the Soviet occupation; the Jewish community’s fear of the Germans; the arrival of German forces; restrictions imposed on the Jewish community; the creation of a Jewish Council; Kurt Engels, the head of the SS in Izbica; the role of Ukrainians and Polish blue police in roundups; the establishment of the ghetto; living within the ghetto; hunger in the ghetto; the killing of two women who attempted to escape; conversing with transports of foreign Jews; the imprisonment of Izbica’s Jewish community in a theater; hiding a Jewish boy; the sale of Jewish houses after the war; Engel’s fate after the war; and visiting in Tel Aviv, Israel the young man she helped save.

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Bkaszczyk, Halina
interview:  1999 July 10
3 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: 2022-06-24 20:10:20
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