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Henia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-418) interviewed by Charles Portney and Florabel Kinsler,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-418

Videotape testimony of Henia W., who was born in Sambor, Poland to a family of nine children. She recalls brief German occupation in 1939; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; deportation of her brothers and their families; the role of the Judenrat; her sisters' deportation; forced labor with her parents and twin sister on a farm until the end of 1942; escaping deportation with assistance from a girlfriend's family (she never saw her parents again); assistance from a farmer with whom her mother had left family valuables; encountering her twin sister, who had escaped; avoiding arrest at the L'viv train station with help from a non-Jewish man; assistance from a non-Jewish woman in Rivne; returning to Sambor with her sister; escaping into the forest when recognized by a local man; assistance from a priest; hiding with her sister in farmers' stables and the woods during the next two years; encountering their brother, who was later killed; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Kraków with her sister; and antisemitic incidents. Mrs. W. notes she and her sister are the only survivors of over 165 family members.

W., Henia.
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
June 18, 1983.
Sambor (Poland)
L'viv (Ukraine)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Kraków (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-418). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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