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Oral history interview with Miriam Pinkoff

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.117 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0117
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Miriam Pinkoff, born in 1916, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, describes her family, which has been in Holland since the 16th century; her parents and siblings; growing up on a farm; attending school; teaching in Orvacker School in Bilthoven, Netherlands with Jopp Westerwelt and his wife; the arrival of Jewish refugee children in 1938; returning to Loosdrecht, Netherlands in 1940 to start a school, which allowed Jewish children; becoming interested in Judaism and Zionism; her family’s reaction to the war and the fate of her siblings; the help of the non-Jewish population; her husband’s book; being part of the Dutch underground; hiding fifty children and assisting people to escape; trying to escape to southern France; being arrested and imprisoned in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen; her life and work in Bergen-Belsen; the Chalutz group in the camp; being evacuated by train and being evacuated after two weeks; immigrating to Palestine; and adapting to life in Israel.
The recording ends with a group meeting between Miriam and her three adult children and includes their reaction to the tapes as well as a discussion of how the Holocaust experience affected the family.

Interviewee
Miriam Pinkoff
Date
1991 February 26  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
12 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-07-11 15:48:46
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