Fela F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-765) interviewed by Paul Mohl and Morris Kirschberg
- San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
- Interview Date
- March 2, 1986.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fela F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-765). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Fela F., who was born in Poland in 1923 and moved with her family to Brussels in 1926. She recounts her father's orthodoxy; a brief flight to France before German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; marriage in 1941; her parents and two siblings reporting for deportation in 1942 (she never saw them again); she and her husband hiding with non-Jews in Uccle, using false papers; receiving information from the people hiding them about smuggling herself to Switzerland; interment in a refugee camp in Switzerland; her husband being turned back when he followed her (she never saw him again); improved conditions in the camp during a Red Cross visit; profound sadness at war's end, realizing she was completely alone; emigration to the United States in 1948; and marriage to a non-Jew who subsequently converted. Mrs. F. discusses persistent fears resulting from her experiences; not sharing her story with her children in order to protect them; and later learning they knew more than she had thought they did. She shows photographs and memorabilia related to her experience.