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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-257

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Lithuania
    Vilnius
    Poland
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Cite As
    Mira B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-257). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rothstein, Sergio, interviewer.
    Wilson, Arnold, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    False papers.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aryan side.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/963051
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
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