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Oral history interview with Halina Peabody

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

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.

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Peabody, Ms. Halina
Papier, Larry
interview:  1992 July 19
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 09:48:11
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