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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-981

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    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.
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
    Nowy Korczyn (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Leokadia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-981). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Strochlic, Kathy, interviewer.
    Kaplan, Lisa, interviewer.
    Additional written material available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    False papers.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mass killings.
    Survivor-child relations.

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