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Oral history interview with Frieda Hoffman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.376.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0908

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Frieda Hoffman (née Grajower), born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1925, discusses her upbringing in Chrzanów; growing up in a close-knit religious community; her family life; attending both secular and religious schools; evacuating to Kraków, Poland when the German army invaded; returning to Chrzanów several days later; living conditions for Jews in Chrzanów after the occupation, including work and food; the constant fear of being selected for forced labor; being selected for forced labor; seeing her family for the last time; feeling as if she had disobeyed her mother during the selection; arriving at the labor camp Oberaltstadt; living and working conditions in Oberaltstadt; always feeling hungry; working at the Etricht spinning factory spinning linen thread; being liberated by Soviet forces on May 8, 1945; finding her cousins after the war; meeting her husband while trying to immigrate to Palestine; deciding to immigrate to the United States; learning English; raising a family in the Jewish tradition; the success of her children; and how important it is to her that she and her children have made connections with family all over the world.

Interviewee
Frieda Hoffman
Interviewer
Rebecca Dillmeier
Date
2016 November 25  (interview)
Geography
creation : Media (Pa.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:27:07
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