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Oral history interview with Birgit Blideman

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

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    Oral history interview with Birgit Blideman


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Birgit Blideman
    Carolyn Östberg
    interview:  2017 March 01
    creation: Stockholm (Sweden)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    1 digital file : MP4.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Lund (Sweden) Malmö (Sweden)
    Personal Name
    Blideman, Birgit, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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