Genia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1403) interviewed by Paula Winters and Rebecca Fink
- Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
- Interview Date
- June 20, 1990.
- 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.
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.