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Oral history interview with Janina Drebnik

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.119 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0119

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    Oral history interview with Janina Drebnik


    Interview Summary
    Janina Drebnik, born in 1930 in Poland, describes life under the Soviet occupation in 1939; raids by Polish policemen to confiscate money and farm animals; life under the German occupation in Warsaw, Poland; witnessing Jewish children begging for food; German soldiers throwing a grenade in her basement; the threat that ten Polish civilian men would be killed for every German soldier killed; the poor treatment of local townspeople by Ukrainian guards; the deportation of her family to Bergen, Germany; and her time in a labor camp near Hanover, Germany, and the conditions there; and the deaths of her father and brother.
    Janina Drebnik
    interview:  1999 October 09
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    1 videocasette (Betacam SP).

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Restrictions may exist. Contact the Museum for further information:

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Drebnik, Janina.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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