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Oral history interview with Isaac Gendelman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.14 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0014

Isaac Gendleman, born November 17, 1925, describes his life growing up in Rokitno, Poland (Rokytne, Ukraine) in the 1930s; being the only member of his family of seven to survive the Holocaust; his upbringing and life, which involved strict religious practices in a town where much antisemitism existed; the Russian occupation of his town and the improvement of life under Russian control; the scarcity of food in the ghetto; being rounded up by the Nazis for deportation but escaping into the forest; living in the forest for nearly two years, eating potatoes mostly and moving frequently to avoid capture; living in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp in Linz, Austria for three years; immigrating to the United States and settling in Washington, DC, where he lived with an aunt; marrying and having a family; and remaining in contact with a friend who was with him in the forest.


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Interviewee
Isaac Gendelman
Interviewer
Larry Papier
Date
interview:  1992 March 22
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier
 
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