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Dora M. and Jaime M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3155) interviewed by Abraham Huberman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3155

Videotape testimony of Dora M., who was born in Bełchatów, Poland in 1913, one of ten children. She recalls her happy youth; her mother's death in 1937; German invasion; fleeing to Pabianice with her family; returning home; anti-Jewish measures; forced labor; her father's humiliation when forced to shave his beard; marriage; her husband traveling to Piotrków; his inability to return immediately before their deportation (she never saw him again); transfer to the Łódź ghetto; living with her brother and two sisters; working in a hospital; being forced to put patients on trucks for deportation; deportation to Auschwitz with her sisters in 1944; their transfer to Freiberg ten days later; slave labor in an airplane factory; transfer to Mauthausen; liberation by United States troops; their return to Bełchatów seeking surviving family; finding one cousin and a niece; meeting her future husband; traveling to Germany; living in Föhrenwald and Zeilsheim displaced persons camps, and Frankfurt; the births of two children; and emigration to Argentina in 1951. Mrs. M. discusses the importance of luck to her survival. Her son Jaime joins her and expresses regret that his father died before his story could be recorded.

Author/Creator
M., Dora, 1913-
Published
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1993
Interview Date
December 16, 1993.
Language
Spanish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dora M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3155). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.