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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.

W., Genia, 1914-2010.
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
January 20, 1994.
Nowe Brzesko (Poland)
Bytom (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Proszowice (Poland)
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.