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Genia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2259) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2259

Videotape testimony of Genia W., who was born in Brzesko Nowe, Poland in 1914. She recalls her family's move to Proszowice, then Kraków; their extreme poverty; her marriage; German invasion; fleeing to Brzesko Nowe; her husband escaping east (he was killed); joining her oldest brother in the Kraków ghetto; forced labor at the Madritsch factory; aid from a non-Jewish supervisor; making shirts for Amon Goeth, the Kommandant of Płaszów; and liquidation of the ghetto when many were killed. Mrs. W. describes brutality and frequent killings in Płaszów; her future husband arranging her transfer to Oskar Schindler's factory; deportation with three hundred women to Auschwitz; compulsory blood donations; transfer after three weeks to Schindler's factory in Brněnec, Czechoslovakia; Schindler's and his wife's many kindnesses, including nursing critically ill Jews from a deportation train; Schindlers' departure with seven Jews as Soviet troops approached; and liberation. She recounts returning to Kraków seeking surviving family; a pogrom in which two Jews were killed; marriage in Bytom and emigration in 1968 to Austria and to the United States in 1970. Mrs. W. notes her reverence for Oskar Schindler and shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Genia, 1914-2010.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
January 20, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Genia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2259). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.