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June F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2463) interviewed by Lori S. Klarfeld

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2463

Videotape testimony of June F., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1922. She recounts her comfortable childhood and loving family; joining her grandmother in the Warsaw ghetto in 1941; escaping with false papers to the Aryan side; assistance from a German in obtaining a job in the Tomaszów ghetto; transfer with her husband to Bliżyn in 1943, three months after their marriage; deportation with her husband to Auschwitz; communicating with him until his deportation to another camp; selections and meaningless slave labor; public hanging of those who tried to escape; cleaning sewers as a punishment for escaping from a transport; deportation to Bergen-Belsen in 1945; liberation by British troops in April 1945; her inability to take revenge; fear that liberation was not true; reunion with her husband in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; obtaining an abortion (she did not want to have a child in Germany); emigration to the United States in October 1949; and a nervous breakdown when her daughter was nine months old. Mrs. F. discusses the importance of maintaining friendship, humor, and normal desires to her survival; learning not to hate; and a visit to Bergen-Belsen with her daughter.

Author/Creator
F., June, 1922-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
May 24, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
June F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2463). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.