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Oral history interview with Barbara Makuch

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1984.1.1.16 | RG Number: RG-50.157.0016

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    Oral history interview with Barbara Makuch


    Interview Summary
    Barbara Makuch, born in Russia in 1917, describes growing up mostly in eastern Poland, in a Catholic family; being approached beginning in 1942 by several Jews seeking help; sheltering Malka Glass, a six year-old girl, for approximately six months, telling neighbors that Malka was her cousin; how, as it became more dangerous, she found a convent that agreed to accept Malka; helping another Jew, Sophia Price, by buying her a train ticket to a large city; aiding a pediatrician, Dr. Olga Lilion, by telling the director of the school at which she worked that she had a friend who needed a job; helping to save another young Jewish boy, Stefan Jacobchek, by getting him enrolled at the school; joining an underground organization that provided false documents, money, and food to Jews in hiding; acting as a courier and being caught by the Germans; being held in prison for a month, but being released after the Germans were bribed; being sent to Ravensbrück, where she remained until the end of the war; making her way back to Poland and later traveling to Canada, where she met her husband; settling in Montreal; staying in touch with several of the people she saved during the war; and being recognized for her heroism by Yad Vashem.
    Barbara Makuch
    Norma Stern
    interview:  1984 September 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Council

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Makuch, Barbara, 1917-

    Administrative Notes

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council interviewed Barbara Makuch on September 19, 1984 as part of the international conference "Faith in Humankind: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust" held at the U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC.
    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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