Celia M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1453) interviewed by Evelyn Umlas and Zelda Kaplan
- Peabody, Mass. Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
- Interview Date
- June 22, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Celia M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1453). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Celia M., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927. She recalls her large family; her father's death in 1930; German invasion; ghettoization resulting in overcrowding, starvation, cold, epidemics, and frequent deaths; her older brother's deportation; and deportation to Auschwitz with her family in 1944. Mrs. M. recounts meeting her older brother; separation from her mother, two sisters and a nephew (they were gassed upon arrival); the importance of remaining with her two sisters; the death march to Ravensbrück; transfer four weeks later to Neustadt; work in a munitions factory; stealing potatoes for her sisters; and liberation by Soviet troops. She tells of returning to Łódź; reunion with her brother; escaping to the American zone in January 1946; living in a displaced persons camp; and emigration to relatives in the United States in 1949.