Manuscript : printed, handwritten : white, black ; Ht: 28,1 cm x W: 21,8 cm
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May 20, 1981
6 pages. No cover, paper bound with staples. Pages are white; the first 4 pages have been typed; the last 2 pages have handwritten questions in list form. Narrative: This is the summary transcript from a french Interview by J. Ash of Rogere Bedard.
Print of a drawing by Sylvia Markowitz, depicts a woman in military dress at a desk interviewing two elderly Jewish people. Map of Palestine and Jerusalem on the wall. Silhouette of another man waiting in the background. Narrative: Sylvia Benjamin (then Markowitz) started working as overseas staff for the American Joint Distribution Committee in Dec 1945. Her first assignment was at the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp near Hamburg. She was charged with interviewing for and distributing visas to Sweden, helping Jews locate surviving family, and for arranging medical care. After 6 months she was transferred to Hamburg where she helped re-establish a Jewish community. Her focus was on rebuilding a sense of community and spirit above mere survival requirements.