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Oral history interview with Miles Lerman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.144 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0413

Miles Lerman, born in 1920 in Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland, discusses his childhood in Poland and his experiences of antisemitism while in high school in Lwów (L'viv, Ukraine); his return home after his father’s death in 1938 to help his mother in her import business; the destruction of their home at the beginning of the war and his return to Lwów with his mother; his work for the Russians from 1940 to June 1941 and the rescue of his mother from inside a cattle car as she was being deported to Siberia; his work for the German Wehrmacht in Lwów after June 1941; hiding in a basement during a roundup; his deportation to the Viniki (Vynnyky) labor camp and his work breaking up Lwów cemetery stones to make gravel for roads; his escape with four others from Viniki to the forest, where they joined a group of 250 people led by Colonel Proch and George Meisel and fought against the Ukrainian National Guard; his return home after the Russian Army advancement and becoming a partner in a leather business in Lublin with Leon Feldhendler, who had escaped from Sobibór; the murder of Leon by Poles, going to Łódź to open a nightclub, and meeting his wife Chris; his journey to Berlin with Chris and her sister Renia; their arrival in the United States in February 1947; his work as a farmer in New Jersey and then as the owner of a heating and gasoline business; and his appointment by President Carter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.


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Interviewee
Miles Lerman
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
interview:  2001 July 17
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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