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Solange N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3223) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Annette Wieviorka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3223

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.

Author/Creator
N., Solange, 1921-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
January 14, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
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.