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Adele W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2558) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman and Constantine Limperis

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2558

Videotape testimony of Adele W., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1922, the oldest of eight children. She recalls German invasion in 1939; round-ups of Jews; forced relocation to another home; hiding in a storage room with her family during round-ups; ghettoization; hiding in a bunker during a major round-up; hearing shooting in the streets; leaving the bunker to join her father when he was caught; detention in the ghetto; separation from her father; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; meeting two aunts and a cousin; forced labor in a munitions factory; giving extra food from her aunt to a friend; the death march to Ravensbrück, then Malchow, beginning in January 1945; continuing death marches; being beaten for trying to find food; escaping with her friends; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Katowice with Soviet soldiers, then to Austria with help from Haganah; meeting her future husband; moving to Naples, then Bacoli; joining a Mizrachi group; emigrating to Palestine in 1946; marriage in 1947; and emigrating to the United State twelve years later. Mrs. W. emphasizes her important friendships in the camps.

W., Adele, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 16, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adele W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2558). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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