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Oral history interview with Vladka Meed

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0153

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    Oral history interview with Vladka Meed

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Vladka Meed, born in Warsaw, Poland, describes growing up in a lower middle class family; attending a Yiddish secular school supported by the Democratic Socialist Movement; participating in several youth organizations, such as the Bund Youth Movement of Warsaw, and participating in the leadership of these groups; moving into the ghetto onto Leszno 66; working as a courier for the underground movement in the ghetto; the deportation of her mother and brother from the ghetto to Treblinka; being asked by Abrasha Blum to be a courier on the outside of the ghetto to aid the Warsaw uprising; leaving the ghetto on December 5, 1942 and living with a family who also participated in the underground movement; finding a job as a tailor outside of the ghetto; helping to smuggle dynamite into the ghetto with the Jewish Fighters Organization; organized resistance beginning on January 18, 1943; hearing the Warsaw ghetto uprising from the outside of the ghetto and helping some of the fighters inside escape through the sewers; meeting her future husband, Benjamin, during her work with the resistance; the Warsaw Uprising of 1944; her liberation by Russian forces on January 17, 1945; immigrating to the United States on May 24, 1946; and her relationships with other ghetto resistance fighters.
    Interviewee
    Mrs. Vladka Meed
    Interviewer
    Linda G. Kuzmack
    Date
    interview:  1991 June 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used for fund raising purposes. Interview cannot be used for sale in the Museum Shop. Interview cannot be used by a third party for creation of a work for commercial purposes.

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Vladka Meed on June 19, 1991. This interview is one of 51 oral histories included in the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:01:03
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