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Oral history interview with Mira Shelub

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.930 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0930

The interview describes Ms. Shelub's childhood in Zdziedciol, Poland (now Belarus); her education and having to transfer to a different school in the Soviet sector after the Soviet Union invaded Poland under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; and the invasion of her home town by German troops. Ms. Shelub describes her experiences in the ghetto of Zdziedciol; initial selections and the transport and murder of young, elderly and invalid Jews; and the capture of her father, mother and brother who were sent to a labor camp. She discusses following her family with her sister; their encounters with the Jewish partisans; leaving to join the partisans with her sister; and their reunion with their family who escaped and joined a family group. Ms. Shelub describes meeting her husband and their life together in the partisans, the sabotage activities she was involved with, and the death of her mother in the forest. She relates that her husband and she returned to their home towns and learned of the loss of family members and the devastation of their communities. Ms. Shelub describes her experiences at a displaced persons camp in Badgestein, Austria, and emigrating to the United States in 1949 with her husband and their first son. She discusses her family life in San Francisco, the death of her husband, her return to university to earn both a Bachelors and a Masters degree, and her involvement in the Jewish community.

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Mira Shelub
interview:  1990 July 11
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:10
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