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Bronia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3089) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3089

Videotape testimony of Bronia S., who was born in Zolochiv, Poland in 1915. She recounts moving to Vienna; their Austrian patriotism; the Anschluss; her father having them smuggled to Łódź in 1939; German invasion; ghettoization; working as secretay to Ḥayim Rumkowski, head of the Judenrat; seeing Hans Biebow, the German ghetto administrator, beat Rumkowski; public hangings; round-ups; marriage in 1943; her sister's deportation; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her husband and father; transfer with her mother to Stutthof; reunion with her sister; assisting her sister when she was ill; seeing her father and husband; always talking about food; transfer to Dresden in December; slave labor in a munitions factory; Biebow recognizing her and giving her a privileged office job; Allied bombings in February; transfer to Pirna; a death march; deciding to commit suicide with her sister; waiting one day at their mother's request; arrival at Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; learning her father and husband were dead; working for the Joint in Prague; marriage in 1948; emigration to Israel; her son's birth; emigration to Canada; her daughter's birth; and her husband's death in 1952. Ms. S. notes the importance of her mother to their survival; living for her children; and their knowledge of her experiences.

Author/Creator
S., Bronia, 1915-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
May 9, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bronia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3089). 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/4290506
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