Language of Description: English
  1. " A Trip to Bessarabia (A Return to the Past)"

    Consists of a 27-page narrative entitled "A Trip to Bessarabia (A Return to the Past)" by Eugénie Bérézin, as well as large color photographs of present-day Bessarabia, including the Moldova and Kishinev (now Chișinău) areas, taken by Sophie Bergogne. The narrative describes the history of Jewish life in the region (depicted in the photographs) and descriptions of the images.

  2. "17 Rue Saint Fiacre" documentary

    Consists of one documentary, entitled"17 Rue Saint Fiacre," by Daniel Meyers. The documentary tells the story of Leon and Rachel Malmed, who were hidden in Compiegne, France, by the Ribouleau family. The DVD includes personal interviews and family photographs of the Malmed and Ribouleau families, as well as a reunion between Leon and Rachel and the Ribouleaus. Yad Vashem has named the Ribouleaus"Righteous Among the Nations."

  3. "80574"

    Consists of one typed portion of a memoir, 37 pages, entitled "80574" written by Simha Naor, born Stella Silberstein, 1899-1994, originally of Vienna, Austria. In the memoir, which was written based on the diary she began immediately after liberation, Simha describes her arrest in southern France in 1943, her deportation to Drancy and almost immediately thereafter, to Auschwitz. She describes the process of arriving at Auschwitz, the architecture of the barracks, and life with fellow prisoners. The memoir, which is incomplete, contains a preface by Tisa von der Schulenburg. The original Ger...

  4. "A Bizarre Belsen Encounter-Sweden 1982"

    Consists of a memoir, 12 pages, describing the liberation experiences of Peter Gannon, a member of the British Armed Forces that liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He also describes a chance reunion with a survivor of Bergen-Belsen in Sweden in 1982. Mr. Gannon had given the woman chocolate on the day of liberation.

  5. "A Brief History of the Moller Family During the Nazi Era, 1933-1945, and Beyond"

    Consists of one manuscript, 56 pages, entitled"A Brief History of the Moller Family During the Nazi Era, 1933-1945, and Beyond," written in 2006 by brothers Ruben H. Moller and Levi W. Moller. The manuscript details their childhood in Bochum, Germany, the death of their father in 1935, and their experiences on Kristallnacht. In December 1941, the brothers, with their mother, Ester, were deported to the Riga ghetto, where they lived from January 1942 until July 1943. Then, they were transferred, first to the Kaiserwald concentration camp, and then to work at Duenawerke. In May 1944, they wer...

  6. "A Christmas Memoir"

    Consists of one document, 6 pages, entitled "A Christmas Memoir," by Anne L. Knox, which describes her memories of life in a German concentration camp in Belgium (possibly Mecheln/Mechelen) in the winter of 1943. In the testimony, she describes the strange celebration of Christmas in the camp. Also includes photographs of Mechelen taken in 1990 on the site of the memorial at the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance (located at the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen).

  7. "A Family Portrait: A Jewish Family of Yannina, Greece before World War II"

    Consists of one folder containing an essay, entitled "A Family Portrait: A Jewish Family of Yannina, Greece before World War II" by Ninetta Matsas Feldman, based on an oral history interview with her paternal aunt, Rebecca Matsas Gani, which was conducted in August 1999. This essay, which includes family photographs, describes the members of the Matsas family and life in pre-war Yannina, and Jewish life in the town. Rebecca Gani moved to Egypt, and she, her brother Leon (father of Ninetta), and her brother Michael were the only members of the immediate family to survive the Holocaust.

  8. "A Hidden Child's Story"

    Consists of one article, entitled "A Hidden Child's Story" by Sam Lauber, which originally appeared in the Dayton (OH) Jewish Observer in May 2005. In the article, which includes copies of photographs, Mr. Lauber describes the Nazi occupation of Antwerp, where he was born in 1942. Mr. Lauber's parents arranged for him to go into hiding with the Detry family in La Louviere, Belgium, where he remained for a year before reuniting with his family. In 1948, the family immigrated to the United States. Mr. Lauber describes his post-war life and decision in 1986 to travel to La Louviere to find the...

  9. "A Jewish Brezover Merchant: Reb. Chaim Leib Diller"

    Consists of one article, 4 pages, entitled"A Jewish Brezover Merchant: Reb. Chaim Leib Diller", by Chaim Bank, written in 1983. Mr. Bank relates a biography of and stories about Reb. Chaim Leb Diller of Brzozow, Poland. Reb. Diller perished in the Holocaust.

  10. "A Letter to Shammy"

    Consists of one book of letters and memories entitled"A Letter to Shammy," by an author identified as"Kay B.L." The book is addressed to Gitta Shammy (now Gitta Kalderon), originally of Skopje, Macedonia. In the book, the author professes his love for"Shammy" and describes their friendship before the war and how the war has separated them. After Gitta was deported in 1943,"Kay" continued to write to her and left the letters with a neighbor to give to her, should she return.

  11. "A Life of Rebellion"

    Consists of one memoir, 181 pages, entitled "A Life of Rebellion," by Hans Apel, as told to Stefan G. Meyer. In the memoir, which was written based on extensive audio interviews with Mr. Apel (originally Appelbaum), Mr. Apel describes his childhood, antisemitism in Konitz, life in the German army in World War I, and the rise of Nazi influence in his brewery firm in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1935, he and his family emigrated to the Netherlands, to England in 1936, and to the United States in 1937. During World War II, he taught German language and history to army officers ...

  12. "A Long Road Home: The Life and Times of Grisha Sklovsky, 1915-1995"

    Consists of one manuscript, in print and on CD-ROM, entitled"A Long Road Home: The Life and Times of Grisha Sklovsky, 1915-1995", written by John Nicholson in 2007. Mr. Sklovksy was born in Siberia, but following the Russian Revolution, his family moved to Berlin, where he attended school. In 1934, Mr. Sklovsky moved to France and studied at the University of Lyon. In October 1939, he joined the Czech Brigade and spent the war fighting with the British Army, while his mother, Chaja Sklovsky, was deported from Drancy in 1942 and perished in the Holocaust. In 1947, Mr. Sklovsky immigrated to ...

  13. "A Man is Stronger Than Iron"

    • "My Years Under the Nazis in Ukraine"

    Consists of one memoir entitled "A Man is Stronger than Iron: My Years Under the Nazis in Ukraine," 150 pages, by Moishe (Michael) Woszczyna, originally of Stepan, Poland. In his memoir, Mr. Woszczyna describes the German invasion of his town in 1941, anti-Jewish measures imposed by the Germans and Ukrainians, parachutists dropping on his town, the arrival of partisans, and life in the Stepan ghetto. He also describes witnessing the massacre in the ghetto, which he survived by hiding under an oven, and after it was over, he escaped the ghetto and joined the partisans in the Korest forest, r...

  14. "A Man, Who Conquered Death"

    Consists of a Russian language original, and two copies of an English language translation, of an article entitled"A Man, Who Conquered Death," written in 2007 by Gennadiy Gelfer. In the article, Mr. Gelfer describes the wartime experiences of Mr. Naum Levin, a member of the Red Army who was captured by the Nazis and, as he was Jewish, sent to the Minsk ghetto. There he married, and he and his wife joined the anti-Nazi resistance movement and managed, with other partisans, to escape the ghetto. While hiding in the forests, the Zorin partisan group continued in their attempts to disrupt the ...

  15. "A Memoir"

    Consists of one memoir, 54 pages, entitled"A Memoir", by Richard Mayer, originally of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. The memoir, which was edited by Mr. Mayer's grandson, Ron Gery, describes the experiences of Richard and Hella Weiskopf Mayer who escaped, with their young daughter, Astrid Miriam Mayer (later Miriam Gery), from Yugoslavia to Palestine during the Holocaust. Mr. Mayer describes his memories of the German invasion of Yugoslavia, the confiscation of goods and property, and the difficulty both in traveling and in leaving the country. The Mayers eventually managed to escape Yugoslavia and ...

  16. "A Rejected Stone: My Life"

    Consists of one memoir, 279 pages, entitled "A Rejected Stone: My Life" by Ben-Zion Schuster, originally of Ozrian, Poland. He describes pre-war Jewish life in his shtetl, a major town fire in 1932, moving to Luck to study in a yeshiva, and returning to Holob to help his family. He describes the Soviet occupation of the region after 1939 and the German invasion of the region in June 1941. Mr. Schuster fled into the Soviet Union and traveled through the Stalingrad region before arriving, first in Tashkent, and then in Tshertshikh and Tshelyabinsk, where he performed forced labor. He joined t...

  17. "A Story of Misery, Miracles, and Love"

    Consists of one memoir, 2006, entitled"A Story of Misery, Miracles, and Love: In the words of Beatrice Sarkany," by Beatrice Sarkany, originally of Sibiu, Transylvania. In her memoir, Mrs. Sarkany describes her memories of the Hungarian occupation, of the Nagyvarad ghetto, and of her deportation to Auschwitz. After a number of months in Auschwitz, she was transferred to the Gorlitz camp in Germany, where she was liberated by the Russian Army in May 1945. Includes copies of photographs.

  18. "A Story: The Life of Johan and Gertrude Verloop, as written from memory, 1919-1946"

    Consists of one memoir, 65 pages, entitled "A Story: The Life of Johan and Gertrude Verloop, as written from memory, 1919-1946," which was written by Johan Verloop in 1994. In the memoir, he describes his childhood in the Netherlands, learning of the threat of Nazism, and being accepted into officer's training school in 1939. He describes the German invasion of the Netherlands and his decision to go to university, as well as describing life under the German occupation. He joined the underground resistance movement with his future wife Gertrude (Mam) and helped to hide a young Jewish boy. He...

  19. "A Survivor's Connections: Yesterday into Today"

    Consists of one typed testimony, 14 pages, entitled "A Survivor's Connections: Yesterday into Today" by Judith Sherman, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. In the testimony, she describes the various elements of daily life that remind her of her Holocaust experiences and includes poetry that she has written about her memories.

  20. "A Tale of Terezin"

    Consists of one transcript, 20 pages, of an oral history conducted in 1998 by Esther Levy with her mother, Miryam Levy, originally of Khust, Czechoslovakia. In the interview, Miryam shares memories of her childhood, the family's deportation to Terezin (Theresienstadt) in December 1941, and her memories of the filming of the Red Cross visit to Terezin. The family was liberated by the Russian Army in Terezin on May 5, 1945.