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Fela M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2536) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Jane Eger,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2536

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    Videotape testimony of Fela M., who was born in a small town in Poland in 1917, one of eight children. She recalls attending school in Łódź; marriage in 1938; German invasion; her family's deportation to Warsaw; ghettoization in Łódź in February 1940; her daughter's birth in April; her husband's death in 1941; her father-in-law's death in 1942; her daughter's deportation in September 1942; learning of her father's death in 1943; forced labor; recovering from typhus with help from two cousins; deportation to Auschwitz in September 1944; transfer two days later to a labor camp, then in January to Bergen-Belsen; infestation with lice and "mountains" of corpses; a severe beating for trying to help male prisoners; liberation by British troops in April 1945; a three-year hospitalization including a sanitarium in Milan; marriage in 1950; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. M. discusses continuing pain due to the loss of her entire family; her belief that "something died" in her; painful aspects of child rearing due to her first daughter's death; and her children's interest in her experiences. She shows photographs.
    M., Fela, 1917-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    December 14, 1992.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Milan (Italy)
    Cite As
    Fela M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2536). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    Eger, Jane, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 19 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Husband Death.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

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