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Rita Katz's Oral History
Rita Katz - Holocaust survivor born in Smorgon, Belarus - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 21, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Rita Katz was born in Smargon, Poland in 1937.
Artifacts related to this oral history
A Wedding in the DP Camp
Family Arrives here Intact Despite Nazi Horrors New Haven Register Article May 1947
Family picture Seattle Washington, Rita Katz, parents, and brother's family
Hebrew Class Photo with Chaim Weizmann and Theodor Herzl pictures on Wall
Hebrew School Photo from Berlin
Photo of a Seated Relative
Photo of Speaker, from NY Historical Museum
Rita and friends from DP camp
Rita Katz with her Hebrew teacher Zipora
Rita Katz's grandfather, aunt, and cousins, Smorgon 1940
Rita Katz's Hebrew Class in Berlin
Rita Katz's Hebrew Class with Teacher
Rita Katz's Hebrew Class
Rita Katz's parents in Smorgon
Wedding in the DP Camp Kiddush Cup
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- World War II
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Cultural transmission
- Yiddish personalities
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