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Oral history interview with Joseph Elman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.527 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0080

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Joseph Elman discusses his experience of being liberated by the Russians; joining the Russian military; returning to his hometown of Pruzhany, Poland, where he was in charge of finding collaborators; returning to his family home, which was occupied by a Gentile family with many children; meeting Dr. Ola Goldfein, a highly respected member of his family's Jewish community who had been hidden by a nun upon escaping from the second transport of Jews from the ghetto of Pruzhany; being smuggled out of the Russian territory by the nun and the doctor in a horse-drawn cart; reuniting with his brother Louis who had fought as a member of the Jewish Resistance; enduring hard times before immigrating to the United States and settling in Syracuse, New York; and succeeding in business in New York.

Interviewee
Joseph Elman
Interviewer
Margaret West
Date
2004 October 08  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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