Miriam L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1573) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- April 19, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Miriam L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1573). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Miriam L., a twin, who was born in Poland in 1917. She recounts her family moving to Łódź; being given to a nurse for three years when her mother was ill; her twin's death; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1922; graduating from gymnasium; ghettoization; forced labor; the deaths of her siblings and parents; a German grabbing her nephew from her arms and crushing his head against a wall; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, then to Christianstadt; slave labor digging ditches; a German guard providing her with extra food; a severe beating for helping other prisoners; a death march; remaining behind in a barn with her friend who had been shot; obtaining food from Germans; liberation by Soviet troops; a Jewish officer protecting them and bringing them to Łódź; meeting her future husband; moving to Germany due to pogroms in Poland; marriage; several miscarriages; her son's birth; her husband's successful business; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. L. discusses disbelief that she survived such suffering; her inability to describe her experiences; a negative experience with American relatives; her brother's death in the British brigade; and family relations prior to the war.