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Oral history interview with Leah Laskowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.952 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0952

Leah Laskowski describes her childhood in Warta, Poland; the pre-war antisemitism she experienced; how her family was forced to move into the Łódź Ghetto in September 1939; the difficulties she experienced in the ghetto; her father's death; her deportation to Auschwitz with her mother and sisters in 1943; the selection process; the loss of her mother; the conditions in Auschwitz; her transfer to Stutthof; the death of her sister in Stuthoff; her experiences with typhus and starvation; the despair she felt; her experiences on a death march to Berlin; her liberation by Soviet troops; her recuperation in the hospital; her return to Łódź; her reunion with her fiance; her marriage; her experiences with post-war Polish antisemitism; her relocation with her husband to a displaced persons camp in Germany; the birth of their daughter; and their immigration to the United States in 1950.

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Leah Laskowski
Debbie Bleicher
Anne Feibelman
interview:  1989 November 15
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: 2021-02-24 09:22:32
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