Miriam W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2957) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- April 26, 1994.
- 2 copies: b3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Miriam W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2957). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Miriam W., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; attending Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; German-Jewish refugees arriving in 1938; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's disappearance during a round-up in February 1940 (they never saw him again); ghettoization in March; obtaining a privileged job from Aron Jakubowicz, a Judenrat official; theater and symphony until 1941; pervasive starvation; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; separation upon arrival from her mother, older sister, and twin siblings (she never saw them again); transfer three weeks later to Birkenau with her sister; transfer to Christianstadt; a prisoner giving birth (the infant was killed); a death march in February 1945; receiving food from some Germans; transport to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops in April; hospitalization; Red Cross transport to Sweden with her sister in July; visiting her aunt in Łódź in 1947; emigrating to Israel in December 1948; marriage; and moving to the United States with her husband. Mrs. W. notes many details of ghetto and camp life. She discusses the importance of remaining with her sister; continuing relations with camp friends; and sharing her experiences with her children.