Hanna F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-971) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
- Interview Date
- October 16, 1987.
- 5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hanna F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-971). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.