Doris W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1410) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 5, 1990.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Doris W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1410). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Doris W., who was born in Teplice-Šanov, Czechoslovakia in 1925, the only child of an affluent family. She recounts her parents' vote for Sudetenland to join Germany in 1933; moving to Prague after German occupation in 1938; attending an English school; German invasion; deportation with her parents to Terezín; harsh conditions; starvation; her mother's hospitalization and surgery; her own work with children; her hospitalization with tuberculosis and anemia; meeting her future husband; transport with her parents to Auschwitz; learning about 'the chimneys'; and selection and transfer out of the family camp (she never saw her parents again). Mrs. W. remembers trying to hide pregnant women during appells; volunteering to go to Christianstadt due to the unbearable conditions in Auschwitz; slave labor cutting trees; a German guard's assistance; working in a chemical factory; the importance of her relationship with her friend; escape from a death march in 1945; capture and incarceration in Gleiwitz; liberation; returning to Prague; being hospitalized for one year with tuberculosis; a visit from her cousin who was in the United States Army; recuperation in Switzerland; returning to Prague; marriage; working in a bookstore; the birth of her children; and emigration to the United States after the Soviet intervention in 1968, with assistance from her cousin.