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Oral history interview with Joseph Elman

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

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Elman


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Joseph Elman
    Margaret West
    interview:  2004 October 08
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Elman, Joseph, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Joseph Elman on October 8, 2004. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives Branch in October 2004.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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