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Oral history interview with Frieda Hoffman

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

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.


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Interviewee
Frieda Hoffman
Interviewer
Rebecca Dillmeier
Date
interview:  2016 November 25
Geography
creation: Media (Pa.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:54:10
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