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Oral history interview with Brenda Senders

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0031 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0011

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Brenda Senders describes her childhood in Sarny, Poland (now Ukraine), where her family had lived for more than 800 years; her father Samuel Schier and mother Leah Bourka; her one surviving family member, her sister Simma; her escape with her sister from a work camp outside Sarny; joining a partisan group led by Shimone Picov; how this group joined a larger partisan group, consisting of many communists and escaped prisoners of war, led by Naoomoff (possibly Major General H. I. Naumov); her post-war years in displaced persons camps in Austria (where she was married) and in Italy; immigrating to Washington, DC in 1951; her many speaking engagements in which she describes her experiences with the partisans; her inclusion as a guest speaker at the open ceremonies of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; her sympathies with the feminist movement, ERA, the civil rights movement, and Israel’s struggles; and her personal motto for survival: “Be brave in any situation.”

Interviewee
Mrs. Brenda S. Senders
Interviewer
Arwin Donohue
Date
1998 February 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation