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Oral history interview with Paula Gerson

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

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.

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Gerson, Paula
Schwartz, Gail
interview:  1989 October 12
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:46:04
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