Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Miriam Troostwyk - May 28, 1998 and June 3, 1999

Return to School

No, I bet not. So you went, you went back to school.

I went back to school. And for me was school very hard, because I missed...


uh, from, let me say the fifth grade in--from public school ...til uh, the first in high school, three years I missed.


Let's say nearly four years, but everybody had the trouble, but they uh, there were two little Jewish uh, people or children that they didn't know what to do with it in schools. So they put me in the class for my age, but I only had four years um, ??? a public school. So I think I was depressed from that too.

Sure, of course.

I got, I got a history book and everything they asked me, I thought I, I didn't know where to start. And I was not interested in the material I got. I was not uh, so that was...

What were you studying?

very hard.

What were you studying that was so...

I couldn't...


uh, count--uh, um, ???.


And how do you say?




I did...


only uh, four years public school. And in the fifth, we had to go to a Jewish school. And in the Jewish school um, there was um, a man who gave--a Jewish man who gave us lessons for three classes, in one room, a little bit bigger than this. They were from the third grade to fourth grade and to--the third, the fourth, the fifth and sixth grade. And then, after a half a year, he didn't know where to start first. And it was always noisy. Then he had to explain to people that were uh, uh, eight years and then to ten years...


and then to eleven years.


And then were Razzias and the school was closed or the children didn't come. And then there were uh, were children who had to go on transport.


And we brought them to the bus and...

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