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Fela F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-765) interviewed by Paul Mohl and Morris Kirschberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-765

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.

Author/Creator
F., Fela, 1923-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
Interview Date
March 2, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282342
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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