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Oral history interview with Birgit Blideman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.553.1 | RG Number: RG-50.998.0001

Birgit Blideman, born in 1925 in Malmö, Sweden, describes her grandmother, who emigrated came from Russia in the 19th century to Lund, Sweden; her grandparents' house in the Nöden area of Lund, where her grandfather also owned an antique store; her father, who was a traveling merchant; her mother, who was strictly Kosher on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; having a large meal on Friday and a nice dinner on Saturday; attending a Cheder (Jewish school) and being very interested in her studies; suffering antisemitism at a secular school; socializing with other Swedish Jews in Malmö; a girl, named Rita, who lived with her family while Hitler was in power in Germany; the occupation of Denmark in April 1940 and many Danish Jews fleeing to Malmö; meeting Jewish refugees through the Jewish Union and the Jewish student club; the Jewish social activities in the city; survivors arriving on white buses after the war; her father searching for a man named Seligsohn amongst the survivors and not finding him; working with the survivors from May to November 1945; getting married to Erwin Leiser when she was 20 years old; the public perception of the survivors in Sweden; her commitment to the Jewish state.

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Blideman, Birgit
Östberg, Carolyn
interview:  2017 March 01
creation: Stockholm (Sweden)
1 digital file : MP4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:55
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