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Erna H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2914) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2914

Videotape testimony of Erna H., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924. She recounts a detailed family history; her comfortable childhood; antisemitic incidents in school; German invasion; her father fleeing to the Soviet zone; expulsion from school; living in Błonie with her mother and grandfather; ghettoization in 1941; obtaining false papers which they did not use; forced labor at a factory; marriage on November 15, 1942; transfer to Płaszów with her mother and husband on March 13, 1943; obtaining permission to stay with her mother; sharing food with her mother and husband; her mother's futile attempt to protect her from beatings; assistance from a German officer; her mother's deportation to Auschwitz; being carried by a cousin during the death march to Auschwitz in January 1945; immediate transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; reunion with her husband in Konstanz, then with her mother in Kraków; returning to Konstanz; her son's birth in 1946; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her daughter's birth in 1954. Mrs. H. discusses meeting Oskar Schindler during the war and after; many trips to Poland; nightmares; restoring Jewish cemeteries in Poland; and sharing her experiences with her children.

H., Erna, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
June 16, 1994.
Kraków (Poland)
Konstanz (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erna H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2914). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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