Hanka J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2553) interviewed by Abraham Huberman
- Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1991
- Interview Date
- November 19, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hanka J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2553). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hanka J., who was born in Piaski Luterskie, Poland in 1931. She recalls brief German and Soviet occupations, then German takeover of Piaski; ghettoization; round-ups and deportations; her brother being killed after he was denounced for black marketeering; hiding with her family during round-ups; from their hiding place, hearing a baby being killed by the SS; obtaining false papers and escaping; hiding with Poles in a nearby village; being joined by her sisters who had been hiding in Warsaw; returning to the ghetto when their funds ran out; her father being killed in winter 1942; being left for dead after being beaten by the Jewish police; their escape when the ghetto was set ablaze; protection from a Polish fireman; obtaining shelter with the help of two Polish boys who married her sisters; hiding in the forests from Germans by day and the Armia Krajowa at night; receiving food from a village woman; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. J. recounts finding her sisters; their move to Lublin; fearing to reveal she was Jewish; traveling illegally to Berlin; and emigration to Argentina. She notes the importance of respecting all people.