Stella M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3182) interviewed by Michel Sobelman
- Kraków, Poland: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1995.
- 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.
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.