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Frieda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-357) interviewed by Peggy Nathan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-357

Videotape testimony of Frieda S., who was born in 1914. She recounts the deaths of her parents; living with an aunt and uncle in Boryslav; vacations in Tyszowce; becoming a dressmaker; working in Lʹviv, Dobromylʹ, and Kraków; Soviet invasion in 1939 during a family visit in Boryslav; anti-Jewish violence; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; paying a non-Jew to hide her sister; ghettoization; round-up and incarceration in a movie theater; her non-Jewish employer obtaining her release; hiding in a bunker for two days; slave labor constructing roads; escaping from another round-up; returning to the ghetto; escaping and hiding in a bunker in the forest in winter 1944; capture; deportation to Auschwitz; encountering her sister; briefly hiding her in her barrack; her sister's transfer; transfer to Kratzau in early 1945; slave labor in a factory; liberation by Soviet troops in May; returning to Kraków; working at a Jewish orphanage in Zakopane; the orphanage's relocation to Paris; marriage; learning some of her siblings had survived; her child's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1957 to join her sister. Ms. S. discusses adjustment difficulties in the United States; frequent nightmares resulting from her experiences; pervasive painful memories; and her belief that her faith in God helped her survive.

Author/Creator
S., Frieda, 1914-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 11, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frieda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-357). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293646
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