Sonia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1430) interviewed by Samuel Kenner and Harriet Tarnor Wacks
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
- Interview Date
- March 2, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sonia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1430). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sonia W., who was born in 1928 in Kraków, Poland. She recalls a wonderful childhood; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization in 1941; avoiding the children's deportation due to a document obtained by her friend's father which falsified her age as over fourteen; attending clandestine schools; selling family possessions for food; a round-up in which her mother was taken; transfer to Płaszów in March 1943; her sister's frequent help, which saved her life many times; random killings by the camp commander Amon Goeth; the public hanging of a boy who sang a Russian song; dancing with her father in his barrack; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Venusberg, and Mauthausen; her sister's help when she became critically ill; and liberation when she was near death. She describes reunion with her brother-in-law; living in a displaced persons camp near Linz; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mrs. W. shows family photographs and documents; reflects on the impact of her experience on her religious beliefs; and notes she had nightmares for years.