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Miriam B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3512) interviewed by Jenny Loebel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3512

Videotape testimony of Miriam B., who was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1921. She recounts her family's poverty; cordial relations with Muslim neighbors; attending school; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; her father's round-up in June; one month in a slave labor camp; contact with partisans when she returned home; obtaining false papers; deportation of her mother, grandmother, and other relatives to Djakovo (they were all killed); hiding in several locations; capture by the Ustaša; transfer to a concentration camp; escaping; hiding with a non-Jew; joining the communist partisans; her unit cooperating with Chetnik units; assignment as a medic in Pali; a Chetnik confiscating all her jewelry, including her mother's engagement ring; a man warning her the Chetniks would kill her; fleeing to a unit fighting Chetniks; returning to Sarajevo in spring 1942; hiding with Serbs in a village, then with Muslims in Sarajevo; traveling to Italian-occupied Mostar; hiding with an aunt in Metković; traveling to Dubrovnik; capture by Chetniks (they killed several prisoners); rescue by partisans; serving as a medic; liberating villages; entering Škofja Loka; joining the Communist Party; traveling to Trebnje; liberation; working as a nurse in Mostar, then Sarajevo; marriage; the births of two children; her husband's death in 1949; and emigration to Israel in 1972. Ms. B. notes she was in shock during the four years of the war, and not informing her children they were Jewish until they were fourteen, fearing for their safety.

B., Miriam, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
December 28, 1992.
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Pali (Serbia)
Metković (Croatia)
Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Škofja Loka (Slovenia)
Trebnje (Slovenia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Miriam B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3512). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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