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Oral history interview with Edward Darell

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.304.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0940

Edward Darell (born Edward Wolf Emmanuel Dabrowski), born on January 5, 1946 in Munich, Germany, discusses his parents Hedwig Guther and Moishe Lejb Kotz; his father, who was Jewish and used the name “Dabrowski” during the war when he was passing as a Gentile in Warsaw, Poland, using a forged Polish birth certificate; his parents’ marriage just before the Germans invaded; his parents’ origins in Łódź, Poland; his mother, who was an ethnic Lutheran German and spoke German though felt herself to be more Polish and was a Polish citizen; his father’s surviving in Warsaw by selling dental equipment and staying in different apartments that he rented; his cousin who was in the Hitler Youth and another cousin who was in the Waffen SS; visiting his mother’s relatives in near Frankfurt, Germany while living in England until he was 12 years old; immigrating to the United States; his Jewish grandmother, who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and lived in Israel before living with his family in England and the US for six years until she died; being raised Lutheran; realizing he was half Jewish when his grandmother attended synagogue; traveling to Poland with his father to see Warsaw, Łódź, and Auschwitz; making a brief trip to Germany to see his cousins when he was 21 years old and on a grand tour of Europe; and his parents never speaking of their experiences during the war.


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Interviewee
Dr. Edward Darell
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2017 June 20
Language
English
Extent
4 digital file : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:21
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