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Oral history interview with Rina Frankel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.392.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0951

Rina Barth Frankel was born in 1934 in the small town of Zarszyn, Poland. She was five years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. Rina was the youngest of 3 sisters, her parents, Hersh and Miriam owned a grocery store. Her grandfather Leibowitcz was the town's Rabbi, and her grandfather Barth owned a little jewelry and watch repair store. After the invasion by the Nazis, the entire family escaped to Ukraine, where within a few months the Russians marched in. The entire family, among other Polish refugees, were shipped to Siberia. Toward the end of 1941 most Polish refugees were allowed to leave Siberia, the Barth family got permission to go to Buchara, Uzbekistan with the hope of reaching Palestine. Within weeks, Rina's father died and that dream was cut short. In 1946 they were repatriated to Poland, where they were again caught by the communists. Separated from other members of the family that managed to survive, they were able to leave Poland in November 1948 for France, and finally, in 1949 they arrived in the newly created State of Israel.

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Rina Frankel
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2017 October 23
creation: Shaker Heights (Ohio)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.