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Emilia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1907) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1907

Videotape testimony of Emilia S., who was born in Łódź Poland in 1938. In addition to information included in a previously recorded testimony (HVT-330), Mrs. S. recounts her father leaving Poland; ghettoization of her relatives; her mother obtaining false papers from a priest in Mroczkowice; moving to Warsaw; her mother smuggling food to her parents and parents-in-law in the ghetto; an aunt sending her seven-year old cousin from the ghetto to live with them; moving to Kraków; spending weekends with her aunt and uncle who were living as non-Jews in Bochnia; her baptism; her mother sending false papers to her father and uncle in Lithuania; their return in 1942; moving to Jelenia Góra; developing prejudices against Jews through playmates (she did not know she was Jewish); liberation by Soviet troops; continuing to live as non-Jews; moving to Stuttgart with assistance from Beriḥah; her parents informing her she was Jewish; her cousin helping her accept her Jewish identity; attending a Red Cross school; and emigrating to the United States in 1948. Mrs. S. discusses negative feelings about being Jewish until she married, and visiting Poland with her parents and children in 1972. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Emilia, 1938-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage
Interview Date
January 29, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emilia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1907). 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/4285013
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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