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Oral history interview with Charlotte Grosman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.913 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0913

Charlotte Grosman discusses her childhood in Mukačevo, Czechoslovakia (now Mukacheve, Ukraine); the large Jewish community; her Jewish education in Hebrew-speaking schools; the rich cultural life she enjoyed; the occupation of the community by Hungary in 1938; the prominence of the Arrow Cross party; her father being conscripted into forced labor in 1940 and his death in 1941; the establishment of a ghetto in 1944; the difficult conditions; her deportation with her mother to Auschwitz; her experiences upon arrival; her mother being sent to gas chambers; her work in a munitions factory and the terrible conditions she endured; her post-liberation experiences; wandering with her sister toward their home, which they found deserted and destroyed; arriving in Cheb, Czech Republic, where they found a community of survivors; her marriage and the birth of her son; the arrival of Soviet occupiers in 1949; the family's immigration to Israel, where her daughter was born in 1956; their life in Israel until 1960, when they immigrated to the United States in search of medical treatment for her husband; and her career as a professor of Hebrew for 25 years at the University of California in Berkeley.

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Interviewee
Charlotte Grosman
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
Date
interview:  2004 March 10
interview:  2004 April 14
Language
English
Extent
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
 
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