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Oral history interview with Paula Gerson

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.22 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0022

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    Oral history interview with Paula Gerson


    Interview Summary
    Paula Gerson (Pesha Szajd), born on May 10, 1910 in Zamosc, Poland, describes learning to be a dressmaker in 1925; going to Warsaw, Poland to work for a dressmaker; going in 1930 to design school run by the ORT; getting married to Morton Gerson in August 1937; the birth of her son in July 1939; the bombing of Zamosc in September 1939; her husband’s escape and joining him in October 1939; going to L'viv, Ukraine in December 1939; the death of her son in 1940; going by cattle car to the Ural Mountains and her work as a seamstress there; going by railroad car to Uzbekistan and working illegally to avoid taxes; going in June 1946 to Linz, Austria; having another son; living in a displaced persons (DP) camp in Austria; learning that her parents did not survive; going to Föhrenwald DP camp, where she had another son; immigrating to the United states in 1950 and settling in New York, NY; and her present thoughts about the war.
    Paula Gerson
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1989 October 12

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Gerson, Paula, 1910-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Paula Gerson was conducted on October 12, 1989 as part of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington's oral history project to document Washington, DC area survivor's experiences of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview on May 26, 1993.
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