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Stella K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1985) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Maryanne Kador

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1985

Videotape testimony of Stella K., who was born in Przemyśl, Poland in 1923. She recalls her happy, comfortable, and observant childhood; antisemitic attacks by children; attending public school; accompanying their maid to Catholic services; moving with her family to Kraków; German invasion; ghettoization with her parents and sister outside Kraków; her parents' deportation (she never saw them again); working as a nurse; transfer to Płaszów; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; selections; Polish civilian workers' indifference to the piles of bodies; transfer to Ravensbrück and Malchow; liberation by the Swedish Red Cross in April 1945; recuperating in Sweden; antisemitism of Polish patients; learning that her sister had survived (her parents and brother were killed); marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mrs. K. discusses the pervasive antisemitism in prewar Poland; how the passage of time only increases the pain of her losses; the depressing effect of her experiences on her children, particularly her daughter; the importance of luck to her survival; participating in survivors' organizations; and strong positive feelings for Israel. She shows pictures.

Author/Creator
K., Stella, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stella K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1985). 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/4285861
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:46:00
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