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Oral history interview with Miriam Pinkoff

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.117 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0117

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    Oral history interview with Miriam Pinkoff


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Miriam Pinkoff
    interview:  1991 February 26
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    12 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Pinkoff, Miriam, 1916-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Miriam Pinkoff in Israel on February 26, 1991, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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