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Dora W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1288) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1288

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    Videotape testimony of Dora W., who was born in Płock, Poland in 1927. She recounts moving to France with her mother and brother when she was two; learning Yiddish in order to write to her father in Poland; fleeing to Croix-de-Vie in September 1939; returning to Paris after German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions in 1941; hiding with her mother and brother to avoid the round-up of July 16, 1942 after a warning from two non-Jewish friends; traveling with her mother and brother to unoccupied France, posing as non-Jews; living with her mother and brother in Grenade; her brother's deportation to a labor camp; visiting him before her transfer with her mother to Lacaune; financial assistance from the Joint; learning of her brother's transfer to Gurs in March 1943, then Drancy (they never saw him again); fleeing with her mother, aunt, and cousins to Toulouse; hiding with them, posing as refugees with false papers in L'Isle-Jourdain; liberation in 1944; their return to Paris; a year of mourning; emigration to the United States in May 1949; and marriage. Mrs. W. discusses numerous instances of people who helped them; nightmares which stopped before her son's birth; and reluctance to share her experiences with her children.
    W., Dora, 1927-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    November 5, 1989.
    Płock (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Croix-de-Vie (France)
    Grenade-sur-l'Adour (France)
    Lacaune (France)
    Toulouse (France)
    L'Isle-Jourdain (France)
    Cite As
    Dora W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1288). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    Copy of handwritten manuscript is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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