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Oral history interview with Renee Grosman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.436.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0864

Renee Grosman (née Rivka Aurbach), born in 1933 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses her childhood in Demblin (Dęblin), Poland; being an only child born to Braha and Itzak Auenbach; her parents’ work in her mother’s china shop (they supplied glassware to the Polish army); her mother’s sister Feiga, who had a daughter around Renee’s age (when the daughter was killed, the sisters made an agreement that if Renee lived after the war, she would become Feiga’s daughter); living with Feiga for four years; the need for glassware; how the need for Feiga’s seamstress skills by the German army insured they stayed in the Demblin concentration camp until the last two years of the war when they were sent to a HASAG camp (Hugo Schneider AG) in Czestochowa; hiding under the barracks during the day and coming out at night to eat; the other children in the camp (she is still in communication with two of them); her father being sent to Buchenwald and his death during a death march; being hidden from 1939-1945; being liberated along with her mother and aunt by the Russians; going to Łódź, Poland, where her mother remarried; not returning to Demblin because some of their relatives were murdered there in a pogrom; going with her mother and stepfather to Palestine (her aunt joined them later); moving with her aunt to the United States while her mother remained in Israel; getting married to Morris Grosman; and working as a nurse.

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Ms. Renee Grosman
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 December 19
1 digital file : MPEG-4.