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Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Erna Blitzer Gorman - April 26, 1984


An audio-taped interview with Erna Gorman, a Holocaust survivor, conducted in 1984. Erna was born in France in 1935. When the war broke out in 1939, her family was attending a wedding in Wisnice, Poland and since her father was a Polish citizen, they were unable to return to France. At some point, Erna's family (mother, father and sister), left Wisnice and moved to her maternal grandparents' home in Monastyriska, Ukraine. Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Erna's family was placed in a ghetto but were able to escape to a nearby farm. For two years they hid in a Ukrainian farmer's barn and aided by the farmer, survived in hiding until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. Erna's mother however, was wounded during an air raid and died soon after. Erna, her sister, and her father passed through a series of DP camps and immigrated to the United States in 1953.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Father's Family
  3. Mother's Family
  4. Living in Ukraine
  5. Hiding During Pogroms
  6. Hiding During Pogroms II
  7. Ghetto
  8. Playing
  9. Hiding in the Barn
  10. Life in the Barn
  11. Life in the Barn II
  12. Life in the Barn III
  13. Life in the Barn IV
  14. Liberation
  15. Liberation II
  16. Liberation III
  17. Russian Soldiers
  18. Death of Mother
  19. Death of Mother II
  20. Physical Healing
  21. Hanging of Germans
  22. DP Camps
  23. Returning to France
  24. Moving to United States
  25. Telling Her Story
  26. Telling Her Story II
  27. Conclusion

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