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Julia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3231) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3231

Videotape testimony of Julia W., who was born in Paris, France to Polish immigrants in 1925. She recalls her father volunteering for French military service when the war began; German invasion; hiding when a non-Jewish resistant warned them of round-ups; her mother's arrest (she never saw her again); hiding her father and uncle; denunciation and arrest with her father; incarceration in Drancy in April 1943; their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a cousin warning her never to go to the hospital; slave labor carrying dirt; being beaten; assignment to the Canada Kommando; smuggling cigarettes to her father (he did not survive); contracting typhus; avoiding selections with help from friends; receiving extra food from her cousin; differences in religious observances among national groups; sabotaging equipment; public hangings; women giving birth and the murders of the infants; a death march to Wodzisław Śląski, then train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Malchow, then Taucha; escaping with two friends from a death march; liberation by Allied troops; traveling to Chemnitz; recapture; escaping again; liberation by Allied troops; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris; living with her uncle and aunt, then a cousin; and marriage to a survivor. Ms. W discusses the importance of helping each other to survival in camps; her experiences resulting in continuing health problems, her aggressiveness, and losing her belief in God; and sharing her experiences with her son and granddaughter.

W., Julia, 1925-
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
January 25, 1995.
Paris (France)
Chemnitz (Germany)
Wodzisław Śląski (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3231). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.