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Felicja N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1874) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1874

Videotape testimony of Felicja N., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924. She recalls attending public schools; celebrating Jewish holidays; few antisemitic incidents; frequent visits to family in Białystok; German invasion; moving to Białystok in the Soviet zone; German invasion; a mass killing which included her father and uncle; ghettoization; harsh working conditions and overcrowding; efforts of the Judenrat to ease conditions; round-ups and mass killings; receiving food from Polish friends; escaping to her friends; returning due to reluctance to leave her mother; a final escape with assistance from Polish strangers; hiding with her friends; and her close relationship with them. Mrs. N. describes liberation by Soviet troops; a chance meeting with an uncle in the Soviet Army; living with him in Moscow for two years; returning to Poland; working for the Polish radio; and the 1968 wave of antisemitism which resulted in her emigration to Denmark in 1971. She discusses the role of the Polish underground movement (Armia Krajowa); the contrast of those who helped (including her rescuers) to those who collaborated; sharing her experiences with her young children; and the importance of communicating her experiences with future generations. She shows photographs from her published memoir.

Author/Creator
N., Felicja, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 29,1991.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felicja N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1874). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284946
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 14:11:00
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