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Oral history interview with Bronka Klibanski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.74 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0074

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    Oral history interview with Bronka Klibanski


    Interview Summary
    Bronka Klibanski, born in Grodno, Poland (Hrodna, Belarus), in 1923, describes the entry of Germans into Grodno in June 1941; being forced into the ghetto with other Jews on November 1, 1941; entering the ghetto two with her family; being sent to the ghetto in Bialystok, Poland at the end of February; meeting with an underground group and their plans; working in a sewing factory and becoming from malnutrition; being recruited in November 1942 by Mordecai Tenenbaum as a courier and receiving Polish identification papers; passing to the Aryan side and working as a maid; details on Mordecai Tenenbaum and the content of his secret archive, which was discovered and saved; her activities helping people escape from the ghetto, finding sources of weapons for the resistance, and couriering for the Soviet resistance; the uprising in the Bialystok ghetto; her liberation in 1944 in Bialystok; her disappointment after the euphoria of liberation; traveling around Poland to Łódź and Gdansk and visiting displaced persons camps; and her immigration to Israel and work as an archivist at Yad Vashem.
    Bronia Klibanski
    interview:  1991 November 21
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    21 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used in publication without the consent of the interviewee or his/her heirs.

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Bronka Klibanski in Israel on November 21,1991, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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