Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lanka Ilkow - October 12, 1991

Pre-War Life

All right. I'm going to ask you to come, we'll come back and talk about this. But what I'd like to ask you now is to take you back to what it was like before the war.

Well, we, we was uh, farmers and we was doing very good. My grandfather owned a lotta uh, oh, not geese uh, I mean, uh...


No, no, no. They milk 'em, the--oh they call 'em. Uh, by...


S...sheep, yeah, yeah. I want to say lamb chops. We, we had sheep. About--he had uh, I don't know how many hundreds he had. He had three people going out to the fields with them and stayed overnight and they was going women to milk 'em there, you know.

Did he employ Jewish helpers or were they...

No, no, no.


We, we was just four Jewish family in the whole town. So small town of five hundred.

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