Julia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3231) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 25, 1995.
- 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.
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.