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Vladka Meed

Freedom fighter Vladka Meed smuggled dynamite into the Warsaw Ghetto to aid the Jewish uprising and helped children escape by hiding them in Christian homes. Meed began her political activism at age fourteen, working with the Jewish Labor Bund. Born Feigele Peltel, Meed changed her name during the Holocaust to sound more Polish. That and her “Aryan” appearance allowed her to escape detection when she and her future husband, Benjamin Meed, became couriers for the Jewish Fighting Organization, smuggling weapons into the Warsaw Ghetto and getting children out to safety. In 1946 she moved to New York and began writing articles for the Forward about her war experiences. These became the basis for her 1948 autobiography, On Both Sides of the Wall. She also lectured to educate audiences about the Holocaust for the Jewish Labor Committee, and later served as the JLC’s vice president. She created a film and exhibit for the JLC on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and for ten years was their Yiddish language commentator on WEVD, a New York Yiddish radio station. In 1985 she created the annual American Teachers’ Seminars on the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance, which she ran for many years.

Vladka Meed, Hannah Frishoff, Marek Edelman, 1963
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Writer Vladka Meed (right), Hannah Frishoff (left), and Marek Edelman (center), 1963.
Courtesy of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
Date of Birth
December 29, 1921
Place of Birth
Date of Death
November 21, 2012

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Vladka Meed." (Viewed on March 21, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/meed-vladka>.


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