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Maria O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2584) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2584

Videotape testimony of Maria O., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1933. She recalls a happy childhood in a prosperous family; German invasion; moving to the Warsaw ghetto in 1940; attending school; her family's move to Ożarów; her father instructing her to pretend to be Christian and to memorize the Lord's Prayer; being sent to a woman, Shesha (she never saw her parents or brother again); living in L'viv; being moved to Czudec and Wola Raniżowska; preparation for her First Communion; a priest's refusal to baptize her, but allowing her to pretend to receive First Communion; moving to Tarnów; being taken to another town by a woman, Maria; living with a family who was unaware she was Jewish; liberation in August 1944; living with Maria in Lublin; being baptized; moving with Maria to Warsaw, then Zab̨kowice Ślas̨kie; antisemitism from Maria's husband; moving alone to another town; living in orphanages and attending school in Szczecin and Koszalin; marriage; telling her husband she was Jewish; and emigration to the United States in 1969. Mrs. O. discusses searching for family; visiting Shesha in Israel; sharing her story with her children; and her pain because she cannot remember her mother's face.

O., Maria, 1933-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 24, 1991.
Łódź (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Ożarów (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Czudec (Poland)
Wola Raniżowska (Poland)
Za̜bkowice Śla̜skie (Poland)
Szczecin (Poland)
Koszalin (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maria O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2584). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.