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Oral history interview with Halina "Nadi" Nadel Lasch

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

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    Oral history interview with Halina "Nadi" Nadel Lasch


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Halina Lasch
    Dr. Yael Siman
    interview:  2017 January 23
    creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yael Siman on behalf of Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.

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    Administrative Notes

    Dr. Yael Siman donated the oral history interviews of the Voces del Holocausto en México collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum beginning in July 2017. Dr. Siman produced the interviews for an educational resource at her civic association in México, Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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