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Oral history interview with Nellie Cesana

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.803 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0803

The interviews describe Ms. Cesana's young childhood in Warsaw, Poland; her early memories of the bombing of Warsaw in 1939; and of the construction of the Warsaw ghetto. Ms. Cesana describes her experiences in the ghetto, her brother's passing with false identity cards, hiding from blockades and roundups, and the hunger and fear she endured. She describes her and her mother's escape from the ghetto with the assistance of her brother, and their voyage to Germany with other Polish volunteer workers under assumed identities. Ms. Cesana discusses her experiences in Germany on a farm where her mother found work, the freedom she enjoyed, and the devastation of learning that her brother had been killed in the ghetto. She describes her liberation in April 1945 by Russian troops, her and her mother's return to Warsaw and their attempts to find surviving family members. Ms. Cesana discusses her experiences with antisemitism after the war, the Jewish community that emerged near Breslau and Reichenbach, her mother's remarriage to an Auschwitz survivor, and the family's immigration to Israel in 1950. She describes her education in Israel, her marriage there, and her immigration to the United States with her husband and young son.

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Nellie Cesana
interview:  1991 February 28
2 videocassettes (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 09:52:56
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