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Oral history interview with Jane Laufer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.13 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0013

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Jane Laufer (née Rosenblum), born in Poland on July 25, 1922, describes growing up with a younger brother; being aware of the war because so many people were coming from Austria; her memory of September 1, 1939 as a big propaganda day and being told to leave; walking with their luggage; hiding in the woods; Germans making them move to the ghetto starting in in May 1941; remaining in the ghetto until September 1942; the deportations of people to work camps; being helped by some nuns; a priest preparing a passport for her so that she could work in a restaurant, where she worked until 1944 when the restaurant closed; being liberated by the Russians on January 21, 1945; going home and finding that the Russians had taken all the food so there was literally nothing to eat; living in the Black Forest to hide from the Russians and eventually moving to Munich, Germany for a few years; going to the United States in September 1956; the effects of the Holocaust on her; experiencing nightmares, sleeplessness, and stress; and her reasons for never returning to her home town.

Interviewee
Jane Laufer
Date
1984 September 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Council
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:43:10
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