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Oral history interview with Gershon Yelin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.155.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0967

Gershon Yelin, born on April 9, 1928 in Warsaw, Poland, the youngest of his siblings (he had two brothers and two sisters); his family’s move soon after his birth to Danzig, which was at that time a “free city” nominally under limited control by Poland, but with a majority German population; his father’s decision for the family to move because he thought his wholesale grocery business would thrive in Danzig; attending school; learning German and speaking Yiddish at home; not being allowed to attend public school and taking a train to a Jewish school; seeing Nazis marching and singing in the street and arresting Communists; his older brothers attending political meetings; his father being beaten up by the Nazis; his parents renting a small apartment in Warsaw and applying to the British Embassy to immigrate to Palestine; his sister who lived in Palestine and had escorted 25 children to England on a Kindertransport; his sister Luba who was unable to get permission to leave Poland and later died in a concentration camp; immigrating to Palestine with his family in late 1938; and his older brothers’ participation in the Jewish unit of the British Army in Palestine.

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Gershon Yelin
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2018 May 04
creation: Durham (N.C.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2023-03-02 13:23:33
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