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Oral history interview with Anna Rabkin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1756 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1756

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    Oral history interview with Anna Rabkin

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    Interview Summary
    Anna Rabkin discusses her early childhood in Krakow, Poland; her assimilated family life; her family's religious practices; the family's decision to flee Krakow for Soviet-occupied Lvov; the conditions after the Germans gained control, and the family's deportation to the Lvov ghetto; the conditions in the ghetto, including the lack of food, the illness, and the deportations she observed; her family's decision to arrange for a truck driver to smuggle her and her brother out of the ghetto prior to liquidation in 1942; her experiences living in hiding as well as a near-discovery by the Gestapo; her experiences at the end of the war, her return to Krakow and reunion with some relatives, and the anti-Semitism she experienced there; emigrating from Poland to England in 1946 on an orphan transport and her experiences in the Bunce Court School in Kent; the food, the language barrier, the education she received, and a finishing school she attended later; the work she performed as a secretary; her emigration to the United States in 1955; her life in New York; her marriage in 1960; and her subsequent life in San Francisco.
    Interviewee
    Anna Rabkin
    Date
    interview:  1993 May 09
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    3 sound recording : WAV.

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    Provenance
    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Anna Rabkin on May 9, 1993. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in January 2013.
    Record last modified:
    2023-12-12 10:15:18
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