Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Work at Israeli Consulate (Con't)


"and going to the post office with the letters every day."

Right. [laughs] right, yeah.

"I can do more and I want to learn more." And, as a matter of fact, I wanted a raise for my salary.


So they said, "Well, we give you a little raise, but not much, because we can't pay it." I said, "Yes, but can't you pay my fare from--with the train every day, because that is half of my salary, you take, uh, what--which I have to pay myself." They said, "We will talk it over." And then in a few days, they said, "No, we have no money for it." So I went home. And I talked to my teacher who gave me my lessons, because I--when I went to uh, uh, the Consulate, I said--in that time, it was ...48 already. We had ???...


from Israel. He came as an um, the Consul and Lillie Abrahms came with him as his private secretary with an um, a typewriter only with Jewish letters.

[laughs] Only in Hebrew.

So she did everything in Hebrew. And the other two did everything in English. So for me, there wasn't much, so--and I couldn't get a lot of a raise and so, so I talked to my teacher, because on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning, I didn't work. I came from one ...til five. But I worked every Sunday morning.

Sunday morning.


So was it--okay.

And I wanted to go to school on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning, which I did before. So that was all right. But then the school was nearly finished and I thought, well, I'm a year here and I know all these things. I want to learn more and practice the things I learn and there's no opportunity for me. So I told my uh, teacher. He was the director from that school. And he said, "Well, maybe I will find a job for you, because there is a lot of people who phone me, as the director of this school and I have a lot--the, the good ones I pick out and..."

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