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Miriam W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-368) interviewed by Bea Stadtler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-368

Videotape testimony of Miriam W., who was born in approximately 1929 and lived in Lʹviv, Poland. She recalls antisemitic harassment; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion; anti-Jewish violence and restrictions; hiding during round-ups; being found; her mother urging her to run; escaping; finding her older sister, who did not look Jewish; her sister arranging their trip to Warsaw, posing as non-Jews; a friend finding her a servant's job; leaving, fearing denouncement; her friend finding her another job; frequently traveling to her employer's mother in Otwock; her employer briefly hiding a Jewish child; watching the ghetto burn; her sister bribing an official to obtain Polish papers for them both, which later confirmed she was not Jewish when her employer became suspicious; staying with her employer's mother in Otwock; contacting her sister after the war; traveling to Lodz to join her; continuing to use their Polish papers due to antisemitism; traveling to Austria; living in a displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA; emigrating alone to the United States in 1946 with an orphans' group; brief quarantine at Ellis Island; living with a kind foster family; attending school; and marriage in 1950. Ms. W. discusses dreams about her mother sustaining her in hiding; "deep scars" resulting from her experiences; and, after years of silence, sharing her experiences with her children, which opened a "new path" between them.

Author/Creator
W., Miriam, 1929?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 1, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Miriam W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-368). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293722
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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