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Oral history interview with Paula S. Biren

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.459 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0500

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Paula S. Biren, born in 1922 in Lódz, Poland, discusses her childhood in Lódz; antisemitism and prewar relations between Catholics and Jews in Lódz; the German occupation of Poland; her family's arguments about whether to stay or flee; their move into the Lódz ghetto and the living conditions there; her graduation from high school in the Lódz ghetto; her time as a member of the Jewish police force in the ghetto; the year that she spent on a kibbutz near Lódz with other teenagers from the ghetto; her memories of and feelings toward Rumkowski; her family's deportation to Auschwitz; her separation from her mother who was selected for the gas chamber; her and her sister's stay in the camp hospital; her sister's death in the camp; a death march from Auschwitz; her and a group of friends' escape from the death march; hiding in a German cottage for a few days until they were liberated by the Russian Army; working for the Russians as they marched to Berlin; returning to Lódz; enrolling in the university in Lódz; getting married; going to a displaced persons camp in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; enrolling in medical school in Frankfurt; and her family's immigration to the United States.

Interviewee
Paula S. Biren
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2005 November 17  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
11 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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