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Marie W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3098) interviewed by Ernest Forrai,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3098

Videotape testimony of Marie W., who was born in 1914. She recalls growing up in Zaliztsi, Poland (presently Ukraine); strained relations between Poles and Ukrainians; Soviet occupation; marriage in 1940; German invasion; a mass killing of Jewish men, including her sister's boyfriend; hiding during round-ups; becoming pregnant; loss of the baby in her sixth month; going into hiding; learning her sister and parents had been killed; being hidden by a Ukrainian man, then a non-Jewish woman, then the man again; fleeing to the forests when it became too dangerous; building a bunker; living there with her husband, his two brothers, and another boy; the two brothers leaving (they were killed); liberation by Soviets in spring 1944; living in Lʹviv for about a year; moving to Kraków; her daughter's birth; and emigration to Canada in 1949. Ms. W. discusses her nightmares, particularly of her sister, and the difficulty of recalling such painful memories for this recording.

W., Marie, 1914-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
November 1, 1990.
Zaliztsi (Ukraine)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Kraków (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marie W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3098). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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