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Hana A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3020) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Pnina Goldfarb

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3020

Videotape testimony of Hana A., who was born in Vilna (then Russia) in 1915. She recalls her marriage in 1936; her daughter's birth in 1939; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; her husband being taken away (she never saw him again); a Polish neighbor who gave her food for her daughter; mass killings in Ponary, which included her mother and some siblings; a round-up of children, including her three-year-old daughter (she never saw her again); deportation with her sister and niece to Kaiserwald, then six months later to Dundangen; transfer to Dachau, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; marriage in 1947; her son's birth in 1949; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. A. discusses sharing food with her relatives in camp; not wanting a child after the war, but being convinced not to have an abortion; guilt about her survival; sharing parts of her story with her son; and feeling others are not interested in her experiences.

Author/Creator
A., Hana, 1915-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1994
Interview Date
August 30, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hana A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3020). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.