Holocaust Survivors Speak

Ida Tenenbaum (Part I)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Can you tell us your name and where you were born? I, Ida Tenenbaum, was born in Tarnow, Poland, on December 27, 1924.…

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My Surviving Menorah: A Survivor’s Tale

Sol Goldberg, a Sheepshead Bay resident, is a client of Caring Professionals under its special survivor program. Caring Professionals provides many hours of home care to Sol and his wife…

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Shaya Fried (Part VI)

Please tell us about liberation. Typhus was rampant. I contracted the disease as well. At midnight came the news that the war was over, and everyone was free to go…

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Shaya Fried (Part V)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Did you remain in Auschwitz? Our transport was lucky, and we were sent to another camp. Those who stayed in Auschwitz received numbers…

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Shaya Fried (Part IV)

How long did you remain in the brick factory? After three weeks of living under these conditions, in March of 1944, we were deported. We were hurled onto cattle cars.…

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Shaya Fried (Part III)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman What do you recall about the weeks leading up to Pesach of 1944, and then the Yom Tov of Pesach? Although we didn’t…

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Shaya Fried (Part II)

What type of education did you receive? We attended a public school through the fifth or sixth grade. The Czechs were very strict. If a child didn’t go to school,…

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Shaya Fried (Part I)

  Please tell me where you were born. My name is Samuel — Shaya Fried. Our family name was originally Friedman and it was shortened before I came to the…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part VII)

Where was your husband during the war? (continued) My husband had an uncle here in America and an uncle in Israel; both of them wanted him to come live with…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part VI)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Did you go to school in New Zealand? Yes, I went with my cousin to public school, where I learned grammar and math.…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part V)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Can you tell us what you encountered once you left the convent? (continued) My paternal grandparents spent the war years in Siberia and…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part IV)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman What were you given to eat? We were given a minimal amount of food. We got soup, which was like water, and a…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part III)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman How long were you in the ghetto? When word reached the ghetto of my grandparent’s fate, the Bobover Rebbe, Hy”d, instructed us not…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part II)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman When did you begin feeling the pressures of the war? As children, we realized that my parents’ mood had changed. They were more…

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Tzipporah Spiro (Part I)

Please tell me where you were born. I, Tzipporah Spiro nee Pluczenik, am named for my father’s grandmother. I was born in Cracow, Poland, on January 28, 1938. We lived…

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Mrs. Molly Joseph (Part VI)

Were you able to keep any Yiddishkeit? When we were in Kristianshtat, someone told us that Tishah B’Av would be on Sunday. On Shabbos afternoon when we had finished our…

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Mrs. Molly Joseph (Part V)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Please describe the Death March. On this walk, unbeknownst to us, we were going to Bergen-Belsen. We marched for six weeks. We were…

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Mrs. Molly Joseph (Part IV)

As told to Mrs. Chaya Feigy Grossman Please describe ghetto life. There were two brick factories in Munkatch which they turned into ghettos. They were known as the Kalish ghetto…

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Mrs. Molly Joseph (Part III)

Please tell us how you were separated from your parents. The only place of rest they could offer me was the barn with their goats and sheep. I was wet,…

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Mrs. Molly Joseph (Part II)

Please tell us how you were separated from your parents. It was too dangerous to travel as a group, and so my parents set out ahead of us. My mother…

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