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Shirley K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-983) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-983

Videotape testimony of Shirley K., who was born in Oshmyany, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1930. She recalls Soviet occupation; German invasion; the murder of all Jewish men including her father; ghettoization; hiding cousins; aktions; and deportation to a labor camp with her mother, sister, and other relatives in 1942. Mrs. K. recounts slave labor in Poniviez; selection of her grandmother, sister, and cousins (she never saw them again); several transfers ending at Stutthof; learning of the gas chamber; constant brutalization; a guard who allowed her to join her mother after they were separated; transport to a slave labor camp; escape from a death march in 1944; hiding, then finding domestic work posing as Poles; smuggling food to two cousins; and liberation by Soviet troops. She describes working in a Soviet hospital in Bydgoszcz; moving to Łódź; leaving school due to antisemitism; relocating to displaced persons camps including Eschwege; emigration to New York in 1949; her mother's remarriage; and her marriage in 1951. She discusses the importance of having been with her mother throughout the war; reluctance to discuss her experiences; and her children's encouragement to record her testimony.

Author/Creator
K., Shirley, 1930-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 10, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shirley K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-983). 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/1065460
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