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Oral history interview with Edith Millman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.43 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0043

Edith Millman (née Greifinger), born in 1924 in Bielsko (Bielitz), Poland, describes her father, who was an executive for Standard Oil Company; her family moving in 1937 to Warsaw, Poland; being injured during the bombardment of the city in September 1939 when bombs hit the building in which they lived; the persecution of Jews beginning immediately after the occupation; the horrendous conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto, into which they were forced to move in November 1940; her studies in small, clandestine groups organized by teachers in the ghetto; working at the Schultz factory until the end of 1942 when she escaped from the ghetto; getting forged papers from gentiles and passing as an Aryan; working as a translator for the German railroad; stealing railroad identification cards, food stamps, and coal in order to help others; her fear of being discovered and her close escapes; speaking German and pretending to be an ethnic German, which helped her to throw off blackmailers; losing many relatives; being liberated by the Russians in August 1944; studying medicine in Lublin, Poland, and in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany; going to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY in December 1947 on a B'nai B'rith Hillel scholarship; and her parents arriving in the US in 1949.

Interviewee
Dr. Edith Millman
Date
1981 October 01  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Gratz College Hebrew Education Society
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