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Oral history interview with Chana Birnbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.1 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0001

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Chana Birnbaum (née Jacobnson), born in 1930 in Piliza, Poland, describes her six siblings; the beginning of the war; hiding in the forests then a basement with her family; being helped by friends to cross the border into Savjirose; going by train to Zapnovitch; her parents living in the ghetto while she and her siblings went to a transfer camp; her father’s death in Auschwitz; arriving in Brande concentration camp (in Prądy, Opolskie, Poland); being sent to Johannisdorf (Janislawice); the camp closing and being sent to Annaberg then Viletendorf and Hundsfeld; getting diphtheria and being saved by a doctor; being sent to three other camps, including Peterswaldan (possibly Peterswaldau concentration camp); working in a factory of explosives; being sent to Kaffia Grosshausen; being liberated from Peterswaldan; her cousin finding her and taking her to Sopnovitz (possibly Sosnowiec, Poland); finding more family; going to Zehlendorf in Berlin, Germany; going to find her sisters in Bergen-Belsen, where they were being looked after by Mrs. Rosensaft; attending school until she made Aliya in 1946; going to a Kibbutz in Israel and joining her sister later in Tel Aviv; and getting married in 1950.

Interviewee
Chana Birnbaum
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 28  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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