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Sonia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1430) interviewed by Samuel Kenner and Harriet Tarnor Wacks,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1430

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    W., Sonia, 1928-2010.
    Published
    Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
    Interview Date
    March 2, 1989.
    Locale
    Poland
    Kraków
    Kraków (Poland)
    Cite As
    Sonia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1430). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kenner, Samuel, interviewer.
    Wacks, Harriet Tarnor, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Reena F. Holocaust testimony [friend] (HVT-1118), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1094378
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:32:00
    This page:
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