Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Stimler, Barbara (4 of 5) Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews
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1998-06-16, 1998-06-26, 1998-07-10
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Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews
Stimler, Barbara, 1927- (speaker, female)
Goodman, Barbara (speaker, female)
Part 4: After a year with family went to grandmother (father’s mother) and another uncle in Kensington. Met future husband, Len Stimler, at Easter 1948 and married him in August 1948. Lived in East End of London, Cable Street. He worked in a clothing factory, she worked in another factory. No running water or electricity, slowly built their life. Never talked about experiences in Europe, not even to Len. In 1949 son Harvey was born, she was very ill in hospital but family did not visit, not even for bris. Later moved to West Hampstead. Len worked day job and private tailoring in the evenings as well; then became self-employed tailor. She worked helping husband, Harvey in nursery. In 1955 Stuart was born, moved to a house in Neasden. In 1956 had a nervous breakdown, saw psychiatrist Dr Birer who put her in a clinic for three months. Had tattoo removed. Then went home and had au pairs to help with children. Continued to see Dir Birer and to work. Kept kosher home and brought sons up as Jews. Restitution via Dr Cohen, bought houses to rent out in Harlesden. Life improved. Feels she didn’t bring up her children well. Moved to Harrow, began to live comfortably. Harvey married Jackie, has two children: Tamara Sarah and Marcus Eliot, lovely grandchildren, living in Mill Hill. He is a jeweller, then got MS, put on steroids, later Beta Interferon, now under control and can work, but damage done and subject to relapses. Stuart lives in Northamptonshire, doesn’t work, suffers with nerves, but won’t see psychiatrist. Barbara very sad about Harvey’s illness and Stuart’s lack of responsibility. Barbara now speaks to schools about her Holocaust experiences. Goes to Holocaust Survivors Centre run by Jewish Care and mixes with others of similar background. Also continues to have psychotherapy at Shalvata (therapy centre for survivors). Has been videoed by Spielberg Foundation. Still very emotional about her suffering, which has passed on to her children and grandchildren, but happy to have good relationship with her husband (they celebrate 50th wedding anniversary shortly) and her son Harvey, his wife and her grandchildren.