World War II: Persection and Uprising

Green, Simon (b. 1914)

Doctor

Survival from Nazi Persecution by a Former Austrian Jew, 1966

A Viennese Jew tells of his escape to Finland when Hitler occupied Austria, of his survival in labor camps in Finland, of his fear of deportation to extermination camps. He explains why the Finnish government finally intervened to stop Nazi deportations. Comments on anti-Semitism in prewar Austria.

Interviewer: Joseph Rebhun, M.D.

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Rebhun, Joseph (b.1921)

Doctor

Survival from Nazi Persecution by a Former Polish Jew, 1964

Describes: living under Russian occupation at the beginning of World War II; living in the Przemysl ghetto, organized by the Germans, from May 1942, until October, 1942; his miraculous escape from a train carrying him to Auschwitz; and his posing as a non-Jew in Poland until the war's end.

Interviewer: John Niven, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate School.

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Rebhun, Marie (b. 1919)

Survival from Nazi Persecution by a Former Polish Jew, 1965

Tells of her flight eastward from Warsaw when Hitler invaded Poland. She details living under the Russians while she attended the University of Lvov, her knowledge of initial Nazi dealings with Jews, the formation of the Wilno ghetto and life there. Describes her experiences at forced labor camps and at the Stutthof Concentration Camp, including a death march from Neustadt to Altamahost. After the war she could not bear to live in Warsaw and went to a refugee camp where she met her future husband, Joseph Rebhun.

Interviewer: John Niven, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate School.

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Rojansky, Vladimir B. (1900-1981)

White Russian Counterrevolutionary

A Counterrevolutionary Soldier in his Russian Homeland, 1978

Born in Bologne (near St. Petersburg). Graduated from Corps of Cadets in Kiev and passed entrance exam to an engineering institute in 1917. Meanwhile the revolution had begun and he joined the White Russian army's Kazan Dragoon Regiment. He was wounded and after leaving the hospital in early 1919 he rejoined his regiment. He participated in the 3,500 mile retreat across Siberia between August 1918 and the spring of 1921, when he was discharged for health reasons. He came to the United States and completed his education through the doctorate in physics at the University of Minnesota. After years of college teaching and a period in industry he joined the faculty of Harvey Mudd College of Engineering in 1965.

Interviewer: Enid H. Douglass, Oral History Program.

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