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Document Details


Title: Virginia Janowiecki, Rosemarie Shaffer and Eleanor Otte
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Collection: Personal Oral History
Description: Sitting her the sunlight parlor, I interview my aging Grandmother. Her reluctance to answer questions is great, but she obediently sits and stares at the tape recorder. Due to a severe cold, her voice fades in and out and she has fits of coughing that are remedied by a sip of warm ginger ale. Daughter of Polish immigrants and mother of five, she is worn and wise. With a heavy Polish accent, she describes her life in the 1940's. Rosemarie Shaffer is the sister of Virginia Janowiecki. Her friend for over sixty years, Eleanor Otte, was visiting at the time of the interview and at first did not want to participate, but gave in to Rosemarie's begging. Both women are over seventy years old, but have an adolescent vigor in their movements and voices. Excitedly, they move to the handsome den to get comfortable for the interview. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is playing in the kitchen and Maggie, Rosemarie's Westie, curiously prances about the tape recorder.
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/Amanda.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Shaffer, Rosemarie
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker race: White
Document date: 1999
Interviewer: Dillen, Amanda
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Michigan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Biography; Interviews; Local history; Michigan; Michigan--History; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--History; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029273-32399