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Hanka J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2553) interviewed by Abraham Huberman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2553

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.

J., Hanka, 1931-
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1991
Interview Date
November 19, 1991.
Piaski Luterskie
Piaski (Świdnik, Lublin, Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
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.
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