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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3029

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.

Author/Creator
W., Fela, 1926-2006.
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1992
Interview Date
December 16, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fela W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3029). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290104
Record last modified: 2015-04-23 14:01:00
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