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Hana K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1297) interviewed by Jane Eger and Sandra Rosenstock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1297

Videotape testimony of Hana K., who was born in Strzemieszyce Wielke, Poland in 1926 to a family of eight children. She recalls her father's death in 1930; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; deportation of two of her brothers; escaping during a round-up by Jewish police; forced factory work in the ghetto; obtaining a job for her mother to protect her from deportation; hiding with a sister during the ghetto's liquidation; deportation with her sisters to a shoe factory (she never saw her mother and brothers again); forced labor in Ludwigsdorf; liberation; marriage; traveling with her husband to Kielce, then Strzemieszyce; fleeing to Austria with assistance from Briha, after learning of the Kielce pogrom; her daughter's birth in the Linz displaced persons camp; traveling from Vienna to Bavaria; her son's birth two years later; and their emigration to the United States. Mrs. K. discusses assistance from Jews and non-Jews; helping her sisters, and the importance of being with them in the camps; reluctance to share her experiences with her children until they were older; attending a survivors' gathering in Washington; the trauma of a return trip to Europe; and the therapeutic value of her writing.

K., Hana, 1926-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 11, 1989.
Strzemieszyce Wielkie
Strzemieszyce Wielkie (Poland)
Vienna (Austria)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hana K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1297). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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