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Oral history interview with Ella Jacobs

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.466 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0466

Ella Jacobs describes her childhood in Kopashnovo (then Czechoslovakia, now Ukraine), the invasion of Hungarian and then German Nazis, the escape of her brother to Russia, her father being sent to forced labor, and the deportation of all town members other than wives and mothers. Ms. Jacobs describes encounters with partisans, the deportation of her mother to Auschwitz, hiding in the woods for nine months with nine other children, and their struggles and difficulties with hunger and survival. Ms. Jacobs describes liberation by the Russian's troops, returning to their home town to find nothing and no-one remaining, escaping to the Ukraine and then to Prague, where Ms. Jacobs was reunited with her brother, and later her sister who has survived Auschwitz. Ms. Jacobs discusses her marriage in 1946, she and her husband's immigration to the United States in 1949, their three children, and her emotional struggles regarding her experiences during the Holocaust.

Ella Jacobs
Barbara Barer
interview:  1989 April 02
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:52
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