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Oral history interview with Brenda Senders

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.11 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0011

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Brenda Senders (née Bronia Szyr), born in a small town in Poland and is now part of Ukraine, describes going to Hebrew school before the war; being age 14 when the Germans and the Soviets spilt Poland and being on the Soviet part; how her town was taken over the be Germans in 1941; the Jewish ghetto; going into hiding the day before the ghetto was liquidated; hiding in a barn with a group of people; an attempted uprising by the youth in the ghetto; leaving the hiding place and being sent to a camp in Sarny, Ukraine; escaping from the camp with a few other people, including her sister; joining up with the partisans and leaving her sister to be taken care of by a trusted friend; how her partisan group derailed trains, shot German soldiers, and grew from 500 to 1750 people; one story of leaving a German-occupied village with the partisans, realized she left her bullet belt, and had to back into the occupied area; finding her sister and uncle after the war; immigrating to the United States in 1952; having a family; and a book she has, which contains pictures of people in her town who perished during the war.

Interviewee
Mrs. Brenda S. Senders
Date
1988 May 14  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
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