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Irene Opdyke oral history interview OHP.8626
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  • Existence and Location of Copies note
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Irene Opdyke oral history interview
    Identifier/Call Number: OHP.8626
    Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet comprising one audio disc, three videotapes with a combined total running time of 4:51, and one transcript of 54 pages
    Date: 1993 May 5
    Abstract: This collection comprises three interviews with Irene Opdyke. The first interview comprises one sound disc and was conducted by the Holocaust Oral History Project on January 12, 1992; the second interview comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript and was conducted by the Holocaust Oral History Project on May 5, 1993; the third interview comprises two videotapes and was conducted by the Holocaust Oral History Project on March 18, 1994.
    Creator: Opdyke, Irene
    Creator: Bendayan, Sandra
    Creator: Grant, John
    Creator: Lee, Donna Shaffer
    Creator: Sosna, Laurie

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection comprises three interviews with Irene Opdyke. The first interview comprises one sound disc and was conducted by an unknown interviewer on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on January 12, 1992; the second interview comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript and was conducted by Sandra Bendayan on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on May 5, 1993; the third interview comprises two videotapes and was conducted by Sandra Bendayan on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on March 18, 1994. Irene Opdyke was a rescuer and is one of the Righteous Among the Nations.
    The interview describes Ms. Opdyke's childhood in Kozienice, Poland; her service as a nurse in the Polish Army; and her experiences in a forced labor camp near Radom, Poland. She describes her work as a housekeeper for a German Army major in Radom and Tarnapol and the mass killings she witnessed there. She describes in detail her experiences hiding Jewish people in the major's house, the raids by the Gestapo, and the major's discovery of the people in hiding. She describes the experience of being a woman in wartime. She discusses joining the partisans near Radom in 1944, her arrest by and escape from the Soviets in 1945, and her experiences in a displaced persons camp in Germany between 1946 and 1949. She describes emigration to the United States in 1949, her life after the war, her family, and her experiences speaking to the public about her wartime activities.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

    Existence and Location of Copies note

    Master copies of the oral history interview are located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Preferred Citation note

    Irene Opdyke oral history interview - OHP.8626, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Forced labor -- Poland
    Kozienice (Poland)
    Military nursing -- Poland
    Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945
    Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
    Refugee camps -- Germany
    Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust.
    Ternopil (Ukraine)
    United States -- Emigration and immigration
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Poland
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- Poland
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Poland