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Celina F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1954) interviewed by Ronnie Morgan and Lidya Osadchey,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1954

Videotape testimony of Celina F., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1925, one of nine children. She recalls pervasive antisemitism; German invasion; the bombing of their home; beatings of Jews including her brother; moving to Koprzywnica with her mother; returning to Warsaw to rejoin their family; ghettoization; round-ups; deaths from starvation; deciding to escape despite not wanting to leave her family; traveling to Koprzywnica, then to Sandomierz; staying with a Jewish family; escaping during a round-up; hiding with a Polish family; returning to the Warsaw ghetto; learning her family had been deported except for one brother and sister and their families; escaping to Lublin; obtaining false papers; and deciding to work in Germany, believing safety was "in the mouth of the lion." Mrs. F. recounts working as a domestic in Wittlich for Nazis; working as an interpreter for the Gestapo; securing papers and a job for her aunt; constant fear of exposure; liberation by United States troops; moving to a displaced persons camp in Trier; returning to Poland; finding her nephew; living in Munich, then Neu Freimann; marriage; and emigration to the United States. She discusses the impact of her experiences on her life and shows family photographs.

F., Celina, 1925-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
October 8, 1991.
Warsaw (Poland)
Sandomierz (Poland)
Wittlich (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Lublin (Poland)
Koprzywnica (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celina F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1954). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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