Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Halina Peabody

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.26 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0026

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Halina Peabody, born on December 12, 1932 in Kraków, Poland, describes her life in Zalishchyky, Ukraine (a town on the frontier of Romania) with her father, mother, and baby sister in the 1930s; her parents, who were a part of the Jewish intelligentsia class; speaking excellent Polish and never speaking Yiddish at home; the war beginning and the Russians taking her father to Siberia; moving to a farm house with her mother and sister; purchasing false papers and moving to Jaroslaw, Poland, where her mother worked as a maid while the girls went to school and mass; how she and her family were saved because they “looked Polish” with blonde hair and green eyes; her mother’s work for the German Army to avoid suspicion; having to have an operation on her hand because a grenade had hit it; not remembering the liberation because she was in the hospital recovering from her injury; immigrating to England with her family; immigrating to Israel after eleven years in England; immigrating to the United States on her own; the difficulties of her life after the war; and the relationships she has made and kept with her family since the end of the war.

Interviewee
Ms. Halina Peabody
Date
1992 July 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gift of Larry Papier
Expand all
 
Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:47:05
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn511635