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Mira B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-257) interviewed by Sergio Rothstein and Arnold Wilson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-257

Videotape testimony of Mira B., who was born in Vilna, Poland. She describes her parents who were both teachers in Jewish schools; her and her brother's education; their Zionist activities; the difficulties of life as Jews in Vilna; the outbreak of war; Russian occupation; the return of Vilna as capital of Lithuania; having to learn Lithuanian at the university; German occupation two years later; the first round-ups of Jews, including her brother, when they were taken to Ponary, forced to dig their own graves and shot; formation of the ghetto and the Judenrat; obtaining a job outside the ghetto due to her proficiency in Lithuanian and German; smuggling food which supported her parents for two years; the liquidation of the ghetto; her escape; entering Keilis, a fur factory where Jewish workers and their families were ghettoized because they were deemed vital to the German war effort; hiding there for nine months until its liquidation; escape with the help of a friendly Lithuanian; obtaining false papers; and living as a Christian for six months, which was extremely difficult. She recounts her return to Vilna after the war ended; involvement with illegal Jewish immigration; meeting her husband in Italy and their emigration to Palestine.

Author/Creator
B., Mira.
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
March 10, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mira B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-257). 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/963051
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