Brucha Berthe BLINDERMANN
Brucha Berthe Blindermann (née Zabroniecka) was born on September 10, 1888 in Warsaw, Poland. She was the daughter of Bereck Zabroniecka (possibly Zabroniecki in Polish) and Marie Goldweiss. She is known to have worked as a street vendor. She married (date unknown) Salomon Blindermann, who was born in January 1891 in Prużana and died on January 4, 1928. She had her first daughter, Marie, in 1913, her second, Malka, also known as Malvina, in 1915, and then on September 7, 1918, her third, Liba Ryska (probably Ryvka), known as “Rose” (who died on September 26, 1942 in Auschwitz). All three girls were born in Warsaw. She went on to have three other children, a daughter, Sarah, a son, Bernard, and lastly David, who was born in 1928.
Brucha Blindermann, who was a fashion designer in Poland, emigrated to France, although we do not know when exactly, where she lived at 1, rue Ferdinand Laborie in the 18th district of Paris. She earned her living as a barrow girl and flower seller. The French government granted her French citizenship by naturalisation on April 8, 1931. On July 20, 1944, she was arrested at her home by the French police, and transferred to Drancy camp. On arrival in Drancy, she had 606 francs on her. She was deported to Auschwitz aboard Convoy 77 on July 31, 1944. She was killed in the gas chambers as soon as she arrived, and was later officially declared to have died in Auschwitz on August 5,1944.
This biography was written during the winter semester 2018/2019 at the French High School in Warsaw by Jan Eugui Rodriguez Maliszewski, a 12th grade student, under the guidance of his French and Polish teachers, Ms. Valerie Kuhn and Ms. Barbara Subko.
The biography was reviewed and revised in April 2019, following the remarks of one of Brucha Berthe Blindermann’s granddaughters, who kindly provided us with a photo of Brucha, for which we would like to thank her.