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Genia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1403) interviewed by Paula Winters and Rebecca Fink,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1403

Videotape testimony of Genia S., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1927, one of seven children. She recalls moving to Bielsko-Biała; German invasion; a round-up of men including her father; his return three months later; anti-Jewish restrictions including confiscation of their business; her family's move to Sosnowiec to join relatives; serving in her older sister's place for forced labor (her sister was ill); deportation with other girls to a camp; slave labor in a textile factory; starvation, lack of sleep, and arduous labor; her older sister's arrival two years later; assisting each other; sabotaging the machinery; abandonment by the guards in May 1945; arrival of Soviet troops; many women dying from eating; assistance from the Red Cross; recuperating for about three months; returning home; hostility from non-Jewish Poles; traveling to Germany; living in a displaced persons camp; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. S. discusses details of camp life; dreaming of food; and amazement that she survived such conditions for almost five years.

S., Genia, 1927-2008.
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
June 20, 1990.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Genia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1403). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.