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Oral history interview with Selene Bruk

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.345.6 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0006

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    Oral history interview with Selene Bruk


    Interview Summary
    Selene Bruk, born in Bialystok, Poland, describes her family and living with her mother, two brothers, grandparents, and her aunt and uncle; being in the 5th grade when the war began; the German invasion and the killing of many Jews; having to wear yellow stars and the formation of the ghetto; conditions in the ghetto; hiding during a roundup of Jews; being forced to work and her brother getting her onto his construction crew; her grandmother being shot in the street; hiding in the ghetto with her brother and meeting up with partisans; being sent to Stutthoff for a short time until they were sent to Birkenau; making sure that her mother was selected for work and not killed; working in the IG Farben factory, building bombs; sabotaging the bombs; her mother falling and breaking her arm; being taken to Auschwitz; being next to Block 10; her aunt being experimented on; being taken to Ravensbrück and then Neustadt; she and her mother surviving; her mother becoming ill; working for the Russian Army; going to Łódź and then Bialystok; getting a letter from her father, who was living in the United States; going to the US and attending school; returning to Poland years later with her husband and children; how she met her husband, Barry, on a train; living in Canada with her husband; living in California; and speaking to school children about her Holocaust experience.
    Selene Bruk
    interview:  1983 March 06
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Bruk, Selene.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch produced these interviews in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles. Both institutions house copies of the interviews.
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