1.) Interviewer: Armina
2.) Date of Interview: January 26, 2008
3.) Method of Interview: Phone
4.) Name of Interviewee: Mariam Petrescu, but during WWII her last name was Mikaelian
5.) Date of Birth: June 16, 1922
6.) Relation to the Interviewer: Grandmother
7.) Connection to WWII: Witness of World War II events in Romania
Who: My grandmother, Mariam Petrescu
Where: My grandmother lives in Bucharest, Romania, and I live in St. Louis, MO.
When: I will be interviewing my grandmother Saturday, January 26.
How: We will be talking on the phone.
Why: I chose my grandmother to interview about WWII because I knew she was old enough to understand what was happening at the time. She also knows very many stories about my grandfather, who I knew fought in the war.
Brief Biographical Information-
My grandma, Mariam, was born on June 16, 1922, in Bazargic, RO. In 1940, some territory was taken from RO, and now is part of Bulgaria. Bazargic, currently part of Bulgaria is now called, Dobrici. She went to elementary school from 1-4th grades, and stated "high school" (as it would be called in Romania at that time) for eight more years. My grandma lived with her parents and her brother until April 20, 1958 when she married. At 18 years old, my grandma started to work as a clothes designer for a very popular company until she retired in 1977. She is currently living in Bucharest, Romania, with my uncle.
What are your most vivid memories of WWII?
How old were you?
Where were you in the war?
What were the best things about the time?
What were the worst/most difficult things about the war?
o How did most people feel about Germany taking over Romania?
The Romanians were allied with the Germans, and part of the Axis power. There were people in Romania that shared the same ideas as Hitler.
What were the stories people you knew brought back about fighting?