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Oral history interview with Meir Tyrangiel

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.409.0004

Meir Tyrangiel, born circa 1930 in Koluszki, Poland, describes his eight siblings (Mordechai, Moshe, Israel, Mendel, David, Zvi, Pesia, and Chaya); his parents (Shaul Dov and Adela Tyrangiel); growing up in a family that was happy and financially stable; his older brother’s shoe store; his parents’ wood sawing business; being nine years old when the war began; escaping with his family to Brzeziny, Poland, where they stayed with the parents of his older brother’s wife for a week; returning home; being taken in 1940 to a work camp called Chechnov, where he dug trenches; witnessing the murder of fellow workers; wanting to start a revolution against the Germans and being silenced by the other prisoners; escaping with another young man, Itzhak Erlich, to a neutral zone; being captured and send to a prison called “Herbroskapa”; being transferred two weeks later to a prison called “Brygidki” in Lvov, Poland (L’viv, Ukraine), where they were accused of being spies; being moved to a camp, where he stayed for six months amongst political prisoners; being sent to Kamchatka, Russia; working various jobs around Russia; joining an army called “Vandevaslevsky” at the end of 1944; going to Lublin, Poland; learning that his whole family was killed and except for his four-year-old niece Genia (Genowefa “Genia” Ben Ezra or Genevieve Benezra) in Minsk, Belarus; going with the army to Łódź, Poland, where he served until the war was over; failing to win a court battle in Łódź to gain custody of Genia from a Christian (Yashchuk or Jaszczuk) who hid her during the war; moving to France; going to Israel with his wife (Chava Tyrangiel); sending Genia a ticket to visit them in Israel while she was studying in Strassburg, France; the fates of his family members; and writing the names of his family members who perished during the Holocaust on his wife’s grave.

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Meir Tyrangiel
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1994 December 01
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Patricia Benezra
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:58
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