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Oral history interview with Bela Garfinchel Meylikh

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.18 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0018

Bella Garfinchel Meylikh, born August 1925 in Benderi, Romania (Bender, Moldova), describes the population of 50,000-60,000 inhabitants, of which approximately half were Jewish; her parents, who were both medical doctors; her father’s death when she was five years old; growing up in a non-religious environment, but with a feeling of Jewish belonging; her family moving to Kishinev (Chisinau, Moldova) in 1930; Jabotinsky’s speech about the coming dangers for the Jewish people; the political upheavals in Romania when the Iron Guard came to power; how in 1940 Bessarabia was taken over by the Soviets; escaping into Russia with her mother in 1941; winding up in a small village in Kazakhstan, living under extremely primitive conditions; her mother continuing to practice medicine in Kazakhstan; entering the university in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1942; receiving permission in 1944 to return to Kishinev; finishing college and studying medicine in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg, Russia); the nightmarish antisemitism of Stalin’s final days; and receiving permission to leave the Soviet Union in 1970 and settling in Australia.

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Meylikh, Bela Garfinchel
Maisel, Phillip
interview:  1995 December 06
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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