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Oral history interview with Miriam Weisz Stillmann

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.284.6 | RG Number: RG-50.986.0006

Miriam Weisz Stillmann (nickname “Buba”), born March 8, 1926 in Gherla, Romania, describes her family and childhood; moving with her family when she was three years old to Cluj, Romania; her four siblings; speaking Hungarian at home; the German invasion of Poland; the Jews being required to wear the Jewish star; two soldiers taking her family from home; spending five days in a train; arriving at Auschwitz in May 1944 and having her head shaved; wearing a uniform; receiving a tattooed number on her arm; life at the camp; becoming friends with others in barracks; never learning the fate of her parents; cutting and carrying wood for labor; learning German and being given cigars for translating to German; her encounter with Dr. Mengele; walking from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen; being sent to Unterluss; working in a porcelain factory; being liberated by the English; the physical condition upon libration; being taken care of by the English along with her sister, Itzu; taking a boat from Switzerland with missionaries to Veracruz; meeting their sister Bella when they arrived at Veracruz; living with her sister for two years; attending Beth Itzhak Synagogue in Mexico City; her two daughters; and her reflections on her experiences during the Holocaust.


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Interviewee
Miriam Weisz Stillmann
Interviewer
Dr. Yael Siman
Date
interview:  2017 September 09
Geography
creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
Language
Spanish
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yael Siman on behalf of Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.
 
Record last modified: 2020-01-16 14:35:30
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