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Oral history interview with Bela Garfinchel Meylikh

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

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    Oral history interview with Bela Garfinchel Meylikh


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Bela G. Meylikh
    Phillip Maisel
    interview:  1995 December 06

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

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    Garda de Fier

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on December 6, 1995, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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