Dora W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1288) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 5, 1989.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dora W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1288). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.