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Miriam B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1690) interviewed by Ronnie Morgan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1690

Videotape testimony of Miriam B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1935. She recalls German invasion; her father's flight to Lida in the Soviet zone; joining him with her mother; German invasion in June 1941; ghettoization; removal, with her parents, from a group being herded to a mass killing; being hidden with a non-Jewish woman; her parents retrieving her; returning to the ghetto; their escape into nearby forests with partisans in fall 1942; partisan military actions; German attacks; hunger, cold, and frequently changing locations; fear of losing her mother; establishment of a partisan hospital in the forest where her father was a surgeon; executions of German prisoners; and liberation by Soviet troops in 1944. Dr. B. recounts their moving to Szczuczyn, then Lublin; learning about the concentration camps, realizing their family had perished; leaving Poland due to antisemitism; living in Turda, Budapest, and displaced persons camps in Austria, Venice, and Rome; and emigrating to the United States in February 1947. She notes her survival was due to her father being a surgeon, and discusses her desire for vengeance; sharing her experiences with her children; writing biographical poetry; and Yiddish songs from that period.

Author/Creator
B., Miriam, 1935-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
May 26, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Miriam B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1690). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.