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Oral history interview with Irene Opdyke

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.864 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0864

Irene Opdyke discusses her childhood in Kozienice, Poland; her service as a nurse in the Polish Army; her experiences in a forced labor camp near Radom, Poland; her work as a housekeeper for a German Army Major in Radom and Tarnopol; the mass killings she witnessed there; her experiences hiding Jewish people in the Major’s house; the raids by the Gestapo; the Major’s discovery of the people in hiding; the experience of being a woman during wartime; joining the partisans near Radom in 1944; her arrest by and escape from the Soviets in 1945; her experiences in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany between 1946 and 1949; immigration to the United States in 1949; her life after the war; her family; her experiences speaking to the public about her wartime activities.

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Irene G. Opdyke
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1993 May 05
interview:  1994 March 18
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 09:53:02
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