Guide to Stan Felson oral history interview OHP.2412

Finding aid prepared by Judith Janec
Tauber Holocaust Library
JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115

Title: Stan Felson oral history interview
Identifier/Call Number: OHP.2412
Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
Language of Material: English
Container: Tauber Holocaust Library Archives
Container: OHT Box 10
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet comprising one videotape and accompanying transcript of 57 pages
Date: 1989 February 12
Abstract: This collection comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript of an oral history interview with Stan Felson conducted by the Holocaust Oral History Project on February 12, 1989.
Creator: Felson, Stan
Creator: Berrera, Barbara
Creator: Broderige, Sharon
Creator: Grant, John

Related Archival Materials note

See also Don Felson oral history interview - OHP.2413. Don Felson and Stan Felson were brothers.

Biographical/Historical note

Stan Felson was born Zalman Feigelson in Glubokie, Poland (now Hlybokaye, Belarus), the oldest of two brothers. His father was a merchant. Mr. Felson attended public and private school, and business school, and began work at age 14.
Upon the invasion of Glubokie by the Russians in 1939, Mr. Felson's father was forced to sell his business. When Nazi Germany occupied Glubokie in 1941, anti-Semitic laws were imposed. In June 1942, 2,500 Jews were killed in an Einsaztgruppen action. Mr. Felson and his family hid in the attic and escape this fate. That winter, Mr. Felson became involved with the partisans, and lived in the forest until 1944 and the liberation by the Russians.
Mr. Felson returned to Poland and was able to emigrate, along with his brother Don Felson, to San Francisco, where members of his mother's family lived, in 1947. He married Pearl Benson in 1951, and they had three sons. The Felsons settled in Hayward, California. Mr. Felson works in real estate.

Scope and Contents note

This collection comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript of an oral history interview with Stan Felson. The interview was conducted by Barbara Berrera on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on February 12, 1989. Stan Felson is a Holocaust survivor.
The interview describes Mr. Felson's childhood in Glubokoye, Poland (now in Belarus), the occupation of the town by the Russians in 1939 and events during the Nazi occupation, including the mass murder of 2500 Jews in June 1942. Mr. Felson describes the ghettoization of his village, his involvement with the partisans and their activities in the forest until their liberation by the Russians in 1944. He recounts a visit to his village in 1943 to visit his family, who were reluctant to leave with him and were later killed. Mr. Felson discusses his emigration to San Francisco in 1947, his life in San Francisco, family and work as a real estate agent.

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

Consult archivist regarding 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

Stan Felson oral history interview - OHP.2412, Tauber Holocaust Library – JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hlybokaye (Belarus)
Holocaust survivors -- United States
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives
Jewish families -- Poland
Jews -- Persecutions -- Poland
United States -- Emigration and immigration
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jewish resistance
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Poland