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Lea Derszowicz memoirs

Document | Accession Number: 2018.602.1

The collection consists of two handwritten memoirs written by Lea Derszowicz (née Eberstark) describing her experiences in Poland, primarily in Dzików, Tarnobrzeg, the Dębica ghetto, and the Pustków concentration camp. Her writings chronicle some of her personal background and her family’s experiences during the early years of World War II including life in the Dębica ghetto, forced-labor, relatives searching for family after being separated, dressing as a boy to sneak out of Dębica with the aid of others to procure food to smuggle back in, deportation to Pustków, her brother getting shot for stealing, getting separated from her husband Pinkus and her daughter Minia, and fleeing on a train with the help of a man who helped conceal her identity.

Lea began her first memoir in 1947, but found it emotionally very difficult and stopped. She started her second memoir around 1977. Both memoirs are handwritten in Yiddish. Included with the collection is a photocopy of an English translation of the second diary by Lea’s daughter Giselle.

inclusive:  1947-circa 1977
2 folders
1 book enclosure
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Zev Shapiro
Record last modified: 2020-04-21 19:04:28
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