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Oral history interview with Sheila Jurkiewicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1071 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1071

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Ms. Jurkiewicz's childhood in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), her experiences with antisemitism, and her experiences with its increase after the occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. Ms. Jurkiewicz describes her memories of the invading Nazi German troops, the enforcement of anti-Jews laws, her experiences in the Vilna ghetto, and being deported to a labor camp in Vaivara, Estonia. She decribes being sent to a labor camp near Hamburg to work in a munitions factory; being deported to Bergen Belsen; and the camp's liberation in May 1945. Ms. Jurkiewicz discusses learning of the fate of her family after the war, none of whom survived. She describes traveling to Sweden, meeting her husband and marrying, making contact with a relative who lived in Chicago, and emigrating to the United States. She describes the difficulties of adjusting to a new life, her poor health, and her feelings toward Germany and Poland.

Interviewee
Sheila Jurkiewicz
Date
1993 August 30  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:29:42
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