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Malka W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1813) interviewed by Shlomit Mahler and Raphael Rozner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1813

Videotape testimony of Malka W., who was born in Nowy Sącz, Poland in approximately 1933. She recounts a Christian neighbor offering to take her or her brother; their decision to stay together; forced relocation with her parents and brother to Nałęczów, then the Opole Lubelskie ghetto in spring 1942; hiding in an attic with others; her father paying a Christian to help them escape; escaping with others, including her friend Erica, to the forest; some of their group disappearing when robbers accosted them; Polish partisans refusing to assist them because they had children; hiding in a cave; her mother obtaining food for their money and jewelry (she did not look Jewish); assistance from a Christian woodcutter; she and Erica staying in the woodcutter's home in a hole in the floor; learning her family had been caught (the woodcutter buried her mother and gave her diamond rings he found in her mother's pocket, but did not find her father and brother); being left alone in the forest, fearing discovery; robbers killing the woodcutter, seeking rumored money he had for hiding Jews; the woodcutter's father giving them food and sending them away, instructing them not to reveal they were Jews; finding some Jews in Kraśnik; antisemitic violence; transfer to an orphanage in Lublin, then to Prague due to antisemitic violence; placement in a Protestant orphanage; her uncle and Erica's grandmother finding them after their names were read on the radio; her uncle placing her in a Jewish orphanage in Bratislava; emigration to join relatives in Israel (Erica remained, converted to Christianity, and married a Christian man); marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. W. discusses not sharing her story with anyone, including her children; nightmares resulting from her experiences; hoping her father and brother had survived; and recent visits from Erica reviving the past.

Author/Creator
W., Malka, 1933?-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
Interview Date
November 20, 1985 and March 18, 1986.
Locale
Poland
Opole Lubelskie
Czechoslovakia
Nowy Sącz (Poland)
Nałęczów (Lublin, Poland)
Kraśnik (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Malka W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1813). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284353
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:32:00
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