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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.

Author/Creator
O., Maria, 1933-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
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.