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Oral history interview with Nathan Kranowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.11 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0011

Nathan Kranowski, born September 26, 1937 in Paris, France, describes his Polish parents, Mala and Wolf Kranowski, (both born in 1907); living in a Jewish immigrant neighborhood; antisemitism; the German occupation of France and Jews having to register at French police stations; his father’s arrest and transfer to Drancy in 1941 and his later deportation to Auschwitz, where he was killed; his mother’s similar fate in 1942; staying with his aunt for a while before being sent to a Christian family in Brittany; receiving a false identity and the new name Pierre; going to church and learning the catechism; his life on the farm with the Christian family and not attending school; returning to his aunt at the end of the war, but her inability to keep him; spending time in orphanages run by the OSE (OEuvre de secours aux enfants); being sent to live with his aunt’s sister in New York City in 1948; the story of his cousin Jack avoiding deportation; living with his aunt and uncle Esther and Paul Turletsky; attending school (P.S. 47 in the Bronx); learning English; attending City College and earning a Ph.D. in French literature at Columbia University; teaching French at Rutgers University and Hollins College; earning an MA in accounting and became a CPA until he retired; his observant wife; his religious views and how they changed; investigation what happened to his parents; and speaking to groups about his experience.

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Nathan Kranowski
Dr. Marcia Horn
interview:  2007 August 01
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:33
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