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Oral history interview with Abraham Chelminsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.417.1 | RG Number: RG-50.958.0001

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Abraham Chelminsky, born in 1926 in Villa Cecilia (Ciudad Madero), Mexico, discusses his Jewish family; his Polish father and Ukrainian mother; moving with his family to Mexico City when he was 12 years old; attending high school and a Yiddish school; his grandfather, who had a dream about Poland being on fire the week before the German invasion; Mexico’s neutrality until May 13, 1942 when the “SS Potrero del Llano” was sunk by a German submarine and Mexico declared the war to Germany; graduating in 1945; studying civil engineering; meeting his wife, Tzila Rafalin, in 1954; his wife’s work sharing the Mexican culture in Israel; going to Israel for their honeymoon; moving with his wife to Israel in 1970; their three daughters and one son; their eight grandchildren; his desire for his children to grow up with Judaism in their lives; and his thoughts on Islam.

Interviewee
Abraham Chelminsky
Interviewer
Alexander Chelminsky
Date
2006  (interview)
Geography
creation : Mexico
Language
Spanish
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alexander Chelminsky
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Record last modified: 2019-02-05 13:08:15
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