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Oral history interview with Bernard Wiss and Betty Wiss

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1468 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1468

Bernard Wiss (né Boruch Wisniewski), born circa 1919 in Poland, discusses working for his brother’s fur company in Warsaw at Trębacka 3; his experiences during the German invasion of Poland in 1939; leaving Warsaw, Poland and fleeing to Bialystok, Poland, which was occupied by the Soviet Union; being deported to a Soviet work camp in Ust-Vym, Komi oblast; his attempts to join the Polish Army under Wladyslaw Sikorski; antisemitism in the Polish army; reuniting his brother, Pinchas Wisniewski; living in Uzbekistan; his brother’s death from malaria in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in 1942; meeting his wife, Betty (née Brandla Gutstatd) who describes her deportation from Poland and her work in the black market in Bukhoro, Uzbekistan; getting married in Bukhoro; the end of the war; going to Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland); living in Stuttgart, Germany for three years; immigrating to the United States in 1949; living in New York; his grocery store in Newark, NJ, which was destroyed during a riot in 1967; moving to Belleville, NJ; their children; the fates of their family members; and their lives in the United States.

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Betty Wiss
Bernard Wiss
interview:  1983 April 11
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties