Oral History Interview with Lillian Steinig

Lillian Steinig, née Edelstein, was born January 23, 1923 in Stryj, Poland. Her father was a merchant and farmer until the Russian occupation in 1939. Forced to give up his large farm to the Soviet authority, he moved his family to the city and worked in a lumber yard. Lillian and her younger brother had to attend a strict Russian school until 1941, when the Germans occupied Stryj and relocated Jews. She describes Jewish attempts to hide and the 1942 round-up of Jews, including her father and brother, who jumped from a moving cattle car and returned home. She relates in detail aid by non-Jewish Poles who gave her false identification papers and hid her brother and parents. Another Polish family in Przedborz, near Kielce, sheltered her until 1945. She describes her trip through the Russian zone at the war’s end for a reunion with her family, who moved briefly to Krakow. Antisemitic outbreaks in Krakow forced them to flee to a Displaced Persons camp in Austria in 1946. Later, in Linz, Lillian and her brother worked in Simon Wiesenthal’s Jewish Identification Center. The family emigrated to the United States in January, 1949, aboard the SS Marina, joining relatives in Philadelphia.

Date: 04/22/1982
Interviewer: Joan Sadoff
Interviewee: Lillian Steinig
Language: English
Subject: Hidden children (Holocaust)--Ukraine.
Hiding places--Poland.
Hiding places--Ukraine.
Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives.
Identification cards--Forgeries--Ukraine.
Jewish families--Ukraine.
Refugee camps--Austria.
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Ukraine.
World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Ukraine.
Women--Personal narratives.
Kraków (Poland)
Linz (Austria)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Poland--Ethnic relations.
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
Przedbórz (Łódź, Poland)
Stryĭ (Ukraine)
Ukraine--History--German occupation, 1941-1944.
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Steinig, Lillian.
Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Location: Stryi, Ukraine
Przedbórz, Poland
Krakow, Poland
Linz-Bindermichl displaced persons camp
Linz, Austria
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