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Nina S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3260) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3260

Videotape testimony of Nina S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. She recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; fleeing with her parents to Katowice, then Warsaw, in December 1939; returning to Łódź; her father's work for the Judenrat; attending school; cultural events; working at a factory after school; pervasive filth and starvation (many in her family starved to death); a public hanging; her father's deportation in July 1944 (she never saw him again); deportation in August to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother upon arrival (she never saw her again); transfer twelve days later to Bergen-Belsen; women singing Hebrew songs; transfer to a munitions factory at Unterlüss; assistance from a German officer; being carried by another prisoner during a death march in December 1944; liberation by British troops in April 1945; and recuperating in Malmö, Sweden. Mrs. S. describes the kindness of the Swedes; her postwar state of depression; marriage in August 1947; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States in January 1950. She discusses reluctance to share her experiences with her children; constant fear during the war years; and her pervasive memories.

Author/Creator
S., Nina, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
March 21, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nina S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3260). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.