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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2536

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)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fela M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2536). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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