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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.
Locale
Belarus
Lida
Poland
Rome (Italy)
Venice (Italy)
Austria
Warsaw (Poland)
Lida (Belarus)
Szczuczyn (Poland)
Turda (Romania)
Lublin (Poland)
Budapest (Hungary)
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.