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Oral history interview with Mirjam Pollin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.198.48 | RG Number: RG-50.944.0050

Mirjam Pollin, born in 1926 in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), discusses growing up in Hamburg, Germany; her father’s unsuccessful attempts to arrange his family’s immigration to the United States; her parents’ divorce when she was very young; her older sister and older brother; the Nazi’s rise to power; her father’s arrest in April 1933 after a boycott against Jewish shops; the relocation of her sister to the US and her brother to Palestine; her experiences on Kristallnacht; the immigration of her father and his new wife to England; her mother’s death in the Holocaust; being sent in January 1939 to Sweden, where she stayed for eight years; living with a secular Jewish couple in a suburb to Stockholm and attending a regular Swedish school; life as a refugee in Sweden; making friends with a group of teenagers who ran a kibbutz outside of the town of Falun in the county of Dalarna; getting married to a Jewish refugee from Germany named Oshi; going on a ship after the war to Palestine and being interned in Cyprus; escaping the camp; and the nightmares she still experiences.


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Interviewee
Mirjam Pollin
Interviewer
Bernt Hermele
Date
interview:  2018 June 06
Geography
creation: Stockholm (Sweden)
Language
Swedish
Extent
1 digital file : MP4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:16
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