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Lucy F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2065) interviewed by Linda Pasternack,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2065

Videotape testimony of Lucy F., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1923 and lived in Ząbkowice. She describes moving to Sosnowiec at age four; her family's affluent lifestyle; education in Catholic and Jewish schools; increasing antisemitism, including boycotts and school quotas; exclusion of her Jewish group from a Polish independence parade; an influx of Jewish German refugees; German invasion; balking at wearing an arm band; ghettoization in Srodula (suburb of Sosnowiec); forced labor outside the ghetto; avoiding labor camps due to her boyfriend's influence; liquidation of the ghetto in August 1943; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents and sister (they perished); transfer to Annaberg then Peterswaldau; liberation by Soviet troops; hearing antisemitic remarks while traveling home; staying with cousins in Katowice; a car accident en route to Sosnowiec; and joining her boyfriend and his father in the Feldafing displaced persons camp. Mrs. F. discusses her marriage; medical studies in an UNRRA school and in Munich; emigrating to the United States in 1951; and her children's marriages to children of survivors. Mrs. F. shows a box of photographs which were found by a stranger cleaning the ghetto and returned to her after the war.

F., Lucy, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 3, 1992.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Katowice (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lucy F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2065). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.