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Oral history interview with Klara Birman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.10 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0010

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    Oral history interview with Klara Birman


    Interview Summary
    Klara Birman discuses her childhood in Novo Uman, Ukraine; her move with her family to Moskovoya, where her father was sent to organize a collective farm; her family's Jewish identity and observances; the invasion of Ukraine by Nazi Germany in June 1941; the family's flight to the Dnieper River, where they were halted by German troops; returning to their village; their eventual forced move to a Jewish ghetto/concentration camp in Bogdanovka, Transnistria; her experiences in the ghetto; her work building a highway; the workers' supervision under Ukrainian police, who were under Romanian command; the increase in the hostilities to the Jews in the ghetto; improvements after the retreat of German troops; liberation in March 1944; returning to Moskovoya; learning of her father's death; attending medical school in Odessa, Ukraine; her marriage; the death of her husband in 1979; and her immigration to the United States in 1985 with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
    Klara Birman
    interview:  1998 December 09
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 videocassettes (Hi8) : sound, color ; 8mm.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Birman, Klara.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Klara Birman on December 9, 1998. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project on June 25, 1999.
    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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