Oral History Interview with Lillian Steinig

Lillian Edelstein Steinig, born January 23, 1923 in Stryj, Poland (Stryĭ, Ukraine), describes her father, who was a merchant and farmer until the Russian occupation in 1939; her father being forced to give up his large farm to the Soviet authority; her family moving to the city, where her father worked in a lumber yard; attending a strict Russian school with her younger brother until 1941 when the Germans occupied Stryj and relocated Jews; Jewish attempts to hide and the 1942 round up of Jews, including her father and brother; how her father and brother jumped from a moving cattle car and returned home; receiving aid from non-Jewish Poles, who gave her false identification papers and hid her brother and parents; a Polish family in Przedborz sheltering her until 1945; 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; being forced to flee to a displaced persons camp in Austria in 1946; working in Linz, Austria with her brother in Simon Wiesenthal's Jewish Identification Center; the family immigrating to the United States in January 1949 aboard the SS Marina; and joining relatives in Philadelphia, PA.

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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