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Stella M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3182) interviewed by Michel Sobelman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3182

Videotape testimony of Stella M., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1930. She describes her wealthy and assimilated family; an antisemitic incident in school; cordial relations with non-Jews; vacationing in Rabka; German invasion; escaping east with her family for two months eluding the Germans; reaching Tarnów; deciding to return; obtaining a horse in Bochnia; expulsion, from their home; their maid hiding valuables for them; ghettoization in March 1941; non-Jewish friends sending them food; her father working as a ghetto policeman; his warning others of pending round-ups; liquidation of the children's home; transfer to Płaszów; her mother reporting her as two years older and always working next to her; Kommandant Amon Goeth abusing her uncle (he was the camp architect); the Rosner family playing music; random killings and public hangings; deportation of all children (she remained with her mother); her uncle arranging for her, her parents, and brother to be on “Schindler's list”; her father's and brother's transfer to Gross-Rosen (she never saw them again); transfer to Birkenau with her mother; hospitalization; a Jewish prisoner doctor caring for her; transfer to Brünnlitz with the other “Schindler women”; meeting Oskar Schindler; and liberation by Soviet troops. Ms. M. discusses prisoner relations in the camps; loss of her childhood; pervasive sadness for many years; and her atheism.

Author/Creator
M., Stella, 1930-
Published
Kraków, Poland: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 14, 1995.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stella M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3182). 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/4290944
Record last modified: 2015-07-30 15:52:00
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