Linda F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-668) interviewed by Sally Jo Brown Winter
- Des Moines, Iowa : Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 15, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Linda F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-668). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Linda F., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in 1927. She recalls her large extended family; attending public school; helping her father in the family butcher shop; assisting German Jewish refugees; believing events in Germany would not impact them; and the shock of German invasion. Mrs. F. recounts round-ups of children and men; confiscation of the family business; secretly slaughtering meat for friends; her father's beating and arrest (she never saw him again); her mother's disappearance; reporting for forced labor in 1942 in her sister's place; transport to Skarżysko with several cousins; malnutrition resulting in poor health; recovering from typhus; her cousins' deaths; transfer to Częstochowa, Bergen-Belsen and Burgau; the death march to Dachau, then Allach; and liberation by American troops. Mrs. F. describes living at Feldafing displaced persons camp; finding two surviving cousins; marriage in 1945; living in Dachau for five years; emigrating to the United States; lack of support and understanding from the community; missing her family more as she grows older; and telling her children of her experiences.