Fanny W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3232) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Dorit Welt
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- February 13, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fanny W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3232). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Fanny W., who was born in Paris, France to Polish immigrants in 1925, one of five children. She recalls membership in a communist youth organization; resigning due to antisemitism; joining the Bund; her father's military draft in 1939; his demobilization; German invasion; one brother's arrest in 1942 (she never saw him again); hiding with her parents in Orly; her arrest in Paris; prostitutes in jail with her warning her parents to hide; transfer to Drancy in March 1943; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau three months later; slave labor breaking stones; hospitalization; a friend obtaining better jobs for her, eventually in the Union Kommando; a Wehrmacht guard bringing her extra food; a strained relationship with her cousin who worked in the camp brothel and assisted her; observing a Red Cross visit; a death march in January 1945 to Wrocław; train transport to Malchow; slave labor in a factory; transfer to Buchenwald; liberation; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris; and reunion with her parents and siblings, all of whom survived in hiding. Ms. W. discusses her hatred for Germans; adjustment difficulties after the war; negative attitudes in France toward concentration camp survivors; reluctance to share her experiences with her parents, siblings, husband, or children; plans to visit Auschwitz on the 50th anniversary of its liberation; and strong attachment to Israel.