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Oral history interview with Bertha Goldwasser

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.19 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0019

Bertha Goldwasser, a Jewish displaced person and former resistance fighter in France, discusses her marriage to Kuba Goldwasser and how they, with their young daughter, were arrested on several occasions by the Gestapo; her and her husband's time in Drancy concentration camp after their arrest by the Gestapo; jumping with her infant daughter from a railroad car during her deportation to the east, and the death of her daughter as a result of the fall; being discovered by the French resistance in the forest after her jump from the transport train, and how they helped nurse her injuries; receiving additional help from a French clergyman; how she remained with the resistance fighters and became a member of the SEK resistance group; how she originally came to France from Poland in order to study chemical engineering; her mother's deportation from Barash, Poland (Barashi, Ukraine) and her death in Treblinka concentration camp; her brother's escape to the east during the war and his draft into the Russian army; how her brother left Russia after the war and entered an UNRRA camp in Vierenwald, Germany; the possibility of contacting her aunts, Rosa Kupferstein and Anna Drah in Brooklyn, NY; how she came to work for the Jewish newspaper, Neue Frie Presse; and her thoughts on the future for Polish Jews. Near the end of the interview David Boder invites Goldwasser to sing any songs she remembers from the war. She sings for him a song she learned as a resistance fighter and a song that she learned from someone who had been in a concentration camp. [The interview is also available at:]

Bertha Goldwasser
David P. Boder
interview:  1946 August 04
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2021-03-30 11:04:19
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