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Oral history interview with Miriam Kabacznik Shulman

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Interview Summary Miriam Kabacznik Shulman, born on June 26, 1918, in Eišiškės, Poland (Lithuania), describes her childhood; her father’s death of typhus during World War I and living with her mother and two brothers; the Russian arrival in Eišiškės in September 1939 and the nationalization of her family’s tannery business; the Lithuanian takeover in 1940 followed by the German invasion on June 23, 1941; the German implementation of edicts that restricted and isolated Jews; the murder of most of the town’s Jews by an einsatzgruppen squad between September 25 and 26, 1941; the help their family’s friends and co-workers gave them throughout the war by hiding money and providing information and hiding places; hiding from the Germans from 1941 through 1944, when they were liberated by Russian soldiers; returning to their home in June 1944 to find an elderly couple living there; deciding to allow the couple to stay and inviting about twenty other Jews to live in their home; living through a Polish pogrom in 1944; fleeing to Vilnius the day after the pogrom and never returning to her home; spending the next years of her life in several displaced persons camps; meeting her future husband Norman in an Italian prison; and immigrating with Norman to the United States, where they had two children.
Date 1996 July 23  (interview)
RG Number RG-50.030*0375
Accession Number 1996.A.0417
Extent 9 videocassettes : Betacam SP.
Language English
Provenance Randy M. Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Miriam Kabacznik Shulman on July 23, 1996.
Interviewer Randy M. Goldman
Classification video recording
Genre/Form Oral histories.
Geographic Name Eišiškės (Lithuania)
Lithuania--History--German occupation, 1941-1944.
Lithuania--History--Soviet occupation, 1940-1941.
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Personal Name Shulman, Miriam Kabacznik, 1918-
Topical Term Antisemitism--Poland.
Hiding places--Lithuania--Eišiškės.
Hiding places--Lithuania.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives.
Jewish refugees.
Refugee camps.
Typhus fever.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use No restrictions on use
Record Type Oral History
Digital Files
Link to Collection United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history collection
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