LIFE STORIES Archive: Topper-Pylyshenko #2

Irma continues about Die Flucht as a child, the defeat of Germany and life in the Russian zone and then the American zone, the years after and her father’s death, but then seemingly miraculous returns of her aunt and grandfather who both had been thought killed in the war,  and then coming to the U.S.  Her life in the U.S., working at Jewish centers, her dance and teaching career, marriage and family.  Irma describes photographs of her family from 1910 to present.

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LIFE STORIES Archive Topper-Pylyshenko

Topper-Pylyshenko, Irma
Irma talks about Die Flucht. She was 6 years old when her family along with millions of other German families fled in cattle cars from Poland near Gdansk/Danzig to the interior of Germany. Her family narrowly escapes the fire bombing of Dresden and the bombing of Leipzig. 14 Million German refugees. She tells a little about her life in Poland before WWII and how her family came to be relocated there. She tells about fleeing the Soviets, being bombed and strafed by the British, living in the Russian Zone and escaping into the American Zone, and eventually coming to the U.S.