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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.

W., Malka, 1933?-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
Interview Date
November 20, 1985 and March 18, 1986.
Opole Lubelskie
Nowy Sącz (Poland)
Nałęczów (Lublin, Poland)
Kraśnik (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
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.
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