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Tema H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2230) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2230

Videotape testimony of Tema H., who was born in Janów Lubelski, Poland in 1928. She recounts moving to Jarocin in 1932; German invasion; her father's round-up; her mother obtaining his release; her sister's beating by Germans; her brother's arrest, then release; orders to report to another village; hiding with a Polish peasant, then with a friend; leaving due to fear of exposure; being taken to the police; release by a policeman; hiding in the forest; returning to Jarocin; reunion with her father; hiding with her family; her brother's escape from a beating by Poles; hiding in a bunker; her father being killed; joining Soviet partisans with her sister (her mother and brothers remained hidden); her evacuation to Kiev; attending school; longing for her family (her mother, sister, and baby brother survived); traveling to Kaunas in 1945 to rejoin them; obtaining false papers to enter Poland; traveling to Kraśnik, then Gliwice; reunion with her family; their journey to Leipheim displaced persons camp with assistance from Beriḥah; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1953. She discusses continuing fears due to her experience; her brother's and father's deaths; testifying for the policeman who saved her; and details of hiding and partisan life. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
H., Tema, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
November 18, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tema H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2230). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.