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Leokadia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-981) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Lisa Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-981

Videotape testimony of Leokadia W., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1918 and grew up in Nowy Korczyn. She recalls working in her brother's textile factory in Łódź; her mother's death in 1938; German invasion; a temporary move to Warsaw; joining a resistance movement after hearing of the mass killing of an entire village including her brothers; serving as a resistance courier; returning to Nowy Korczyn thinking it safer in a small town; disagreements between the Judenrat and resisters; hiding with a non-Jewish friend during an aktion in 1942; and obtaining false papers as a Pole. Mrs. W. recounts joining her sister and nephew in a village; working as a maid and in a HASAG factory in Częstochowa; sending provisions to her sister; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; joining her sister in Łódź; fleeing to Germany via Prague to escape antisemitism; marriage and her son's birth in Paris; emigrating to Israel; the birth of a handicapped son; and relocating to the United States so he could be treated. This reflective and insightful testimony contains many details and discussions of events; the way her memory functions; others people's responses and stories; her difficulty communicating her experiences; and her relationships with her sons.

W., Leokadia, 1918-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 9, 1988.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Leokadia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-981). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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