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Franka N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1024) interviewed by Gitta Chaet and Shelly Jubelirer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1024

Videotape testimony of Franka N., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924, one of seven children. She recalls her large extended family; antisemitic harassment; one brother's emigration to Paris; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor; her father's death from starvation; deportation of siblings and her mother; public hangings of escapees; the agony of mothers when their children were taken from them; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944 with a sister, cousin, and her cousin's baby; deportation with her sister two weeks later; slave labor in an airplane factory; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; separation from her sister upon transfer to Burgau, Tuerkheim, then Buchloe; liberation by United States troops; a three month hospitalization; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; moving to Memmingen; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. N. discusses difficulty in believing what she survived; being the sole survivor of a large extended and immediate family except for her nephews in Paris and one cousin; and a recent trip to Poland with her daughter.

Author/Creator
N., Franka, 1924-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
September 1, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Franka N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1024). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.