Interview with Michael Stolowitzky,

Project: Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Michael Stolowitzky describes the efforts of his gentile adoptive mother Gertrude to hide his Jewish identity in Vilnius, Lithuania after his mother died early in the Second World War. He explains that after the war, Gertrude went with him to the future state of Israel in Palestine despite many troubles along the way, including a failed entry in 1947 aboard the ship Exodus. In discussing why he is an optimist, he names Gertrude's self-sacrifice as a cause. He explains that after the war, he met Helena, a woman who was with his father when he was captured during the war, and who gave him details on his father's death in Auschwitz concentration camp.

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2015oh033_vh031

Interviewee Name

Michael Stolowitzky

Interviewer Name

Leora Kahn

Interview Date

1994

Interview Partial Date

1994

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