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Molly A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-390) interviewed by Donna Yanowitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-390

Videotape testimony of Molly A., who was born in approximately 1924, the oldest of seven children. She recounts living in Bodzanoẃ; a large, extended family; their orthodoxy; participating in Bene ʻAḳiva; German invasion in 1939; her family briefly living with non-Jews in a nearby village; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's deportation to Bełżec; securing his release; deportation with her family to Działdowo, then Częstochowa; ghettoization; escaping with four siblings (the two youngest remained with her parents and they all were killed); traveling to Warsaw; walking to a village where a farmer had previously helped them; hiding the children with different Polish families; her employer obtaining birth certificates for four of them (the youngest did not need one); one brother going to work in Germany; fleeing when she was recognized; hiding in many villages; occasionally visiting her sisters; their arrest; one sister's release (they never saw their other sister again); retrieving her younger brother; her other brother's return from Germany; hiding together in the forests; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; returning home; reunions with several relatives; antisemitic harassment of her siblings in school; registering them with the Joint in Warsaw, which cared for them; hospitalization for two months; marriage in Łódź in March 1946; entering Germany with assistance from the Joint; living in Pocking displaced persons camp; hospitalization in Munich; returning to Pocking; her son's birth in 1948; emigration to Montréal; arranging her siblings' emigration to the United States; and joining them. Ms. A. discusses the importance of luck to her survival; frequently praying while in hiding; health problems resulting from her experiences; and attending the survivor gathering in Israel in 1981.

A., Molly, 1924?-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 3, 1984.
Bodzanów (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Montréal (Québec)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Molly A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-390). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.