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Ann W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2356) interviewed by Barbara Devinki and Janice M. Dover

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2356

Videotape testimony of Ann W., who was born in Radziłów, Poland in 1932, the youngest of four children. She recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; confiscation of the family's flour mill; German occupation; Poles helping Germans to identify Jews; the destruction of prayer books from the synagogue; public beatings of Jews, including her parents and two siblings; escape from Radziłów with her family; hiding for two months with help from her father's business associates; being rescued by people when they agreed to convert to Christianity; attending conversion classes; constantly changing hiding places, and separating occasionally; the extreme hardships, including hunger and cold, while in hiding; and numerous instances of help from Poles. Mrs. W. tells of her family's strong will to survive; their Zionists' beliefs; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling with her brother to a Youth Aliyah center in Italy; incarceration on Cyprus after attempting to emigrate to Palestine; reuniting with her parents; arrival in Palestine in 1947; the outbreak of the War of Independence in which her brother died; marriage to a Holocaust survivor; and emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
W., Ann, 1932-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
March 31, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ann W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2356). 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/1091671
Record last modified: 2013-08-20 10:52:00
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