Henrika M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2632) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Kathy Strochlic
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 24, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Henrika M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2632). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Henrika M., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920, one of three children. She recalls pervasive antisemitic harassment; attending a Jewish high school; German invasion in September 1939; her father's death from a beating by a German soldier; ghettoization; factory work; her brother's position in the Jewish police which allowed him to help others; deportation of her mother and sister (she never saw them again); being rounded-up and twice escaping from the Umschlagplatz; deportation to Majdanek; assisting a wounded friend en route; slave labor in the tailor workshop; public hanging of a friend's husband; a mass killing by shooting on November 3, 1943; being selected to sort the possessions of the murdered; jumping from a train transport in April 1944; Polish partisans refusing to help her because she was Jewish; hiding with non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops in August 1944; living in Lublin, then Łódź; fleeing with friends to Germany following antisemitic violence; living in Landsberg and two other displaced persons camps; meeting her husband in Munich; marriage; emigration to the United States in September 1949; the births of three children; and testifying at war crime trials in Germany. Ms. M. notes her brother's death in the ghetto uprising; owing her survival to many "miracles"; and therapy to cope with pervasive painful memories. She shows photographs and documents and recites lyrics from a song she wrote in hiding.