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Hanna F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-971) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-971

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    Summary
    A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Hanna F., whose first testimony was recorded in 1980. Mrs. F. notes that her first testimony was too short to convey her experience or say what she had wanted. She expands on the information contained in her previous testimony and recalls supporting her family by passing as a Polish non-Jew prior to deportation; obtaining Polish papers; separating from her family (neither her parents nor five siblings survived); forced labor in Germany as a non-Jew; denunciation in May 1943; imprisonment, which was "heaven" compared to concentration camps; deportation to Auschwitz, Majdanek, Płaszów, and back to Auschwitz; evacuation to Germany; supporting a friend during a death march in April 1945; transport in open railroad cars through Czechoslovakia; receiving food from Czech civilians; liberation; taking revenge by slapping a German soldier; meeting her future husband in Prague; traveling to Katowice and Lublin; marriage in 1945; learning no family members had survived; and living in a displaced persons camp in Germany. Mrs. H. details many incidents of camp life. She discusses her many vivid memories; nightmares; and reluctance to share her story when she came to the United States, when listeners compared her experience to rationing of sugar and cigarettes.
    Author/Creator
    F., Hanna, 1923-1994.
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
    Interview Date
    October 16, 1987.
    Locale
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Cite As
    Hanna F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-971). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Notes
    Due to the fact that this testimony contains significant dialogue between the witness and the interviewers, two versions were produced at the time of the taping. One version has the camera focused solely on the witness; the second has two cameras alternating between the witness and the interviewers. The interviewers' questions are based on their study of the original testimony as well as a discussion of the witness's memories of the first testimony, its impact on her life, and general issues concerning memory and language.
    Associated material: Hanna F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-18), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282676
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:42:00
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