Rita Popelsky was born in Zawichost, Poland in 1930, and emigrated to Cuba six months before the German invasion in 1939. Popelsky learned to speak Spanish, living in Havana and Guanabacoa with her Jewish family until 1944, when a relative sponsored her family's migration to the United States. In the US, she learned to speak English and eventually married and raised a son and daughter. Popelsky lived and visited Israel multiple times in her adult life.
- Links to Oral History Sessions: Popelsky, Rita (January 23, 2012)
- Conflict(s): World War II