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Chana S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1416) interviewed by Edmond A. Kulp and Marsha Grossman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1416

Videotape testimony of Chana S., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. She describes having to leave school when war broke out; her family losing their prosperous business; ghettoization in 1941; deportation with her family to Płaszów; slave labor in salt mines; the deportation of her father to Mauthausen, her mother to another camp, and she and her sister to Auschwitz in 1943; and their agreement to meet in Kraków after the war. Mrs. S. recalls three months in Birkenau; conditions of hunger, deprivation and illness; transfer to a camp in Czechoslovakia with her sister; liberation by Soviet troops; return to Kraków in 1945; finding their home had been confiscated by Poles; reunion with her mother and sister; meeting her future husband, who had been in the Soviet Union during the war; leaving Poland in 1946; a year in a displaced persons camp in Germany; emigration to Israel; and her children's births in 1949 and 1953. She discusses details of prewar life in Kraków; her reluctance to recount her experiences to her children and her sense that that was a mistake; the impact of the Eichmann and Demjanjuk trials in Israel; and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and education.

Author/Creator
S., Chana, 1923-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1990
Interview Date
October 3, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chana S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1416). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1029474
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