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Oral history interview with Paula S. Biren

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

Paula S. Biren, born in 1922 in Łódź, Poland, discusses her childhood in Łódź; antisemitism and prewar relations between Catholics and Jews in Łódź; the German occupation of Poland; her family's arguments about whether to stay or flee; their move into the Łódź ghetto and the living conditions there; her graduation from high school in the Łódź ghetto; her time as a member of the Jewish police force in the ghetto; the year that she spent on a kibbutz near Łódź 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 Łódź; enrolling in the university in Łódź; 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.

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Paula S. Biren
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2005 November 17
Oral histories.
11 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:25
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