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Anna J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2051) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2051

Videotape testimony of Anna J., who was born in Włocławek, Poland in 1924. She recalls family celebrations of Jewish holidays; cordial relations with non-Jews; rising antisemitism in the late 1930s; her father's emigration to Palestine in 1938 and return six months later; German invasion; deteriorating conditions; moving with her family to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940; severe overcrowding; selling her dowry for food; escaping with help from a non-Jewish woman from Włocławek; traveling to a village by train; a Jewish doctor operating on her severe infection; recovering with a friend's family; learning from a friend that her parents had been deported; deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna; forced labor in a munitions factory; evacuation to Częstochowa; helping her sick friend; meeting her future husband; remaining there when the camp was evacuated; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Częstochowa; reunion with her future husband in Wieluń (none of her immediate family had survived); marriage; leaving Poland due to antisemitic violence; traveling to Marktredwitz via Czechoslovakia; childbirth; moving to Munich; and emigration to the United States.

J., Anna, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 7, 1992.
Włocławek (Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Wieluń (Łódź, Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Marktredwitz (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2051). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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