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Oral history interview with Perla Ruzansky Jinich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.284.1 | RG Number: RG-50.986.0001

Perla (Pola in Polish) Ruzansky Jinich, born October 13, 1923 in Bialystok, Poland, discusses immigrating to Mexico with her family in 1928; her father and oldest sister arriving in Mexico one year earlier with the idea of soon moving to the United States; how at the time it was very risky for Jewish women to travel alone; not having memories of Bialystok; the social antisemitism present in Mexico in the 1930s; life in Mexico for new immigrants, including their occupations, housing, cultural activities, synagogue attendance, and social relations with other Jews and non-Jews; the gradual social mobility of Jews in Mexico and the possibilities for integration; her volunteer work in the Jewish organization Naamat; her husband, who lost most of his family in the Holocaust; the arrival of news about events in Europe through the American and Yiddish press; the limited possibilities for migration to Mexico for Jewish refugees escaping Nazism; and how difficult it was for Jewish survivors who did not want to speak, or were not believed by veteran local Jews when they tried to tell their Holocaust experiences.

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Perla Jinich
Dr. Yael Siman
interview:  2017 April 03
creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yael Siman on behalf of Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.
Record last modified: 2021-02-24 09:30:15
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