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Fela W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3029) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Rita Benchimol,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3029

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    Videotape testimony of Fela W., who was born in Ozorków, Poland in 1926. She recalls her family's Hasidism; being mocked by non-Jews; German invasion; anti-Jewish violence; one SS man providing help for her family; a public hanging of Jewish young men; ghettoization; transfer with her family to the Łódź ghetto; forced labor; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her family except her sister; transfer a few days later to Poppenbüttel-Sasel (Hamburg); clearing rubble from Allied bombings; transfer nine months later to a POW camp; treatment for blood poisoning by a prisoner doctor; train transport to Bergen-Belsen; losing her will to live; liberation by British troops; a two month recovery; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mrs. W. discusses the importance to her survival of being with her sister; a trip to Poland with her younger daughter in 1978; speaking to schools about her experience; her continuing relationship with friends from Bergen-Belsen; loss of belief in God after the war; and eventual return to Judaism knowing her parents would have wanted that. She shows photographs.
    W., Fela, 1926-2006.
    Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1992
    Interview Date
    December 16, 1992.
    Ozorków (Poland)
    Cite As
    Fela W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3029). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hoffman, Sanford, interviewer.
    Benchimol, Rita, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 56 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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