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Dobka W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1828) interviewed by Ruth Shriver

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1828

Videotape testimony of Dobka W., who was born in Golice, Poland in approximately 1920. She recounts marriage in 1939; fleeing with her husband to Khodoriv, then Buchach during the German invasion; Soviet occupation; moving to Vilnius via Lida and Eišiškės, where local Jews assisted them; German invasion in June 1941; escaping as a non-Jew; finding her husband; living near Trakai until February 1943; moving to the Vilna ghetto; forced relocation to Riešė; public hangings; separation from her husband; deportation to Kaiserwald; slave labor for A.E.G.; volunteering for difficult jobs to obtain extra food; solidarity with the women in her barrack; sharing extra food with each other; fasting on Yom Kippur; separation from her friends when everyone from her barrack was transferred but her; transport by ship to Stutthof; deteriorating conditions; volunteering to join a group working for A.E.G., hoping for improvement; transfer to Toruń with assistance from one of the guards; planning an escape with assistance from a local engineer; escaping with three others; the engineer hiding them; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Białystok; learning her parents and eight of her nine brothers had been killed; and emigration to Israel in 1946. Ms. W. attributes her survival to her physical strength, solidarity with friends, and determination. She notes pervasive painful memories and nightmares resulting from her experiences, despite her successful career and family.

Author/Creator
W., Dobka, 1920?-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
September 16, 1986.
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
Dobka W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1828). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.