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Oral history interview with Halina "Nadi" Nadel Lasch

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.284.4 | RG Number: RG-50.986.0004

Halina Lasch (née Nadel; professional name: Nadi), born on April 13, 1924 in Kraków, Poland, discusses her childhood in Kraków; being part of an assimilated Jewish family; her sisters who were musical; her father who owned a shop of antiquities; attending a public school and having very good relations with their non-Jewish neighbors; being sent to the ghetto in Kraków with her mother and some of her sisters while her father was able to stay outside the ghetto; being sent with her sister Dorota to Płaszów concentration camp; escaping from the camp; her sister refusing to join her; being hidden by her Polish neighbors who helped her buy a false identity (Halina Krenzel); living in Warsaw during the war with her aunt and father; having different jobs such as working in a restaurant and selling alcohol; returning to Kraków after the war to study under her opera teacher Ada Sari; being a professional opera singer in Germany while hiding her Jewish identity and having terrible nightmares and intromissions of trauma before she was able to immigrate to the United States; working on the radio with Wladyslaw Szpilman; living in New York City and continuing her career performing at different venues such as Carnegie Hall; moving to Tel Aviv, Israel and immigrating to Mexico when she decided to marry her husband Ignacio Lach; the difficulties and opportunities she encountered in Mexico in the early 1970s; her recent incorporation into the Union of Holocaust survivors in Mexico; and the fate of several of her loved ones.


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Interviewee
Halina Lasch
Interviewer
Dr. Yael Siman
Date
interview:  2017 January 23
Geography
creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
Language
Spanish
Extent
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: 2020-01-16 15:07:36
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