Solange N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3223) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Annette Wieviorka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 14, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Solange N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3223). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Solange N., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1921, one of two children. She recalls her family's comfortable and assimilated lifestyle; German invasion; briefly fleeing with her family; confiscation of her father's company; a German offering to take them elsewhere before ghettoization; joining relatives in Radom; ghettoization; a non-Jew hiding her mother during inspections (she did not have a work card); their transfer to Pionki; slave labor in a munitions factory; deportation of her father and brother (she never saw them again); communicating with her father (he was in Auschwitz) via a Pole; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July 1944; separation from her mother; remaining with her sister-in-law; the brutal murder of an infant; transfer with her sister-in-law to Hindenburg; assignment to a munitions factory; transfer to the kitchen with her sister-in-law's help; the Kommandant beating her severely for smoking; public hangings; a death march to Gleiwitz and Bergen-Belsen; contracting typhus; liberation by British troops; exacting revenge with others on SS guards; learning her mother was in Łódź; returning there, then back to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, where her mother had traveled; their reunion; living in Lille, Brussels, and Paris; and marriage to her sister-in-law's brother. Ms. N. talks about humiliating incidents in camps; painful, recurring memories of the infant's murder; not sharing her experiences with her children so their childhoods would be happy; and some memories that can never be discussed.