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Ava E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2291) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2291

Videotape testimony of Ava E., who was born in a small town in Poland in 1912, one of fourteen children. She recalls one brother had fifteen children; moving to Warsaw; marriage at age sixteen or seventeen; the births of a son and two daughters; ghettoization; her children and mother-in-law being taken from hiding in 1942 (she never saw them again); hiding in a bunker with her husband; separation from him when they were found (she never saw him again); deportation to Majdanek; slave labor carrying stones; working with her husband's sister; her disappearance; transfer to Auschwitz; finding three nieces; staying in their barrack; transfer to Bergen-Belsen about eighteen months later in December 1944; liberation by British troops in April 1945; hospitalization for six months in Hannover; reunion with a niece; remarriage; and emigration to the United States. Ms. E. discusses contemplating suicide in camp, but others preventing her; crying so much that her eyes were damaged; physical ailments resulting from her experiences; only herself, two nephews, and a niece surviving from her very large family; and her disbelief in her own experiences.

Author/Creator
E., Ava , 1912-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
February 26, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ava E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2291). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.