Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Erna Blitzer Gorman - April 26, 1984


The following is an interview with Mrs. Erna Gorman conducted on the afternoon of April 26, 1984 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. The interviewer is Professor Sidney Bolkosky.

Can you tell me where you're from?

I was born in France um, and um, what else do you want to know? Where?

Where in France.

Again, that long...

All right, we'll leave that then.


Uh, how large was your family? Tell me something about your family.

Well, there was um, my parents, my sister and I. And uh, my sister is six years older than I am. And um, we uh, my father met my mother in France and he was from Poland and she was from Ukraine. And um, um, they got married and then we came into the picture.

Do, do you remember anything about your life in France?


You were just a child.

No, mm-mm.

Uh, was, was there an extended family, did you... Aunts, uncles, cousins?

Um, there were, yes, there was an aunt and uncle and their children, mm-hm, in that same town. And they're still... they're still alive. But uh, they stayed on in France. They um, they didn't go to the wedding. Uh, and to be, when the war broke out they um, they were sent into a camp in Switzerland or around that area. Some sort of a retention camp, or whatever. Well, my dad took us um, to um, to, to the wedding, which was in Poland.

Tell me about the wedding, what you remember about it and what...

No, nothing.

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