Ala D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-724) interviewed by Diane Fagelman and Sarah Popowski
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ala D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-724). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ala D., who was born in Będzin, Poland in approximately 1931, one of eight children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; German invasion; her brother's deportation in 1940; one sister never returning when she went to the bakery; another sister's deportation in 1941; arrest when she went to get food for her family; deportation to Sosnowiec, then another labor camp; slave labor in a weaving factory and on railways; losing three teeth when beaten by a guard; being injured when a train hit her work group (almost all were killed); transfer to Gross-Rosen, then Parschnitz; digging graves; losing faith in God; fellow prisoners sharing soup; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Red Cross; hospitalization for six months; reunion with a sister; living with her in Stuttgart; re-hospitalization; her sister's emigration to the United States; assistance from UNRRA; another sister sending packages from Sweden; marriage to a survivor in 1947; moving to Garmisch-Partenkirchen; regaining her belief in God after her son's birth in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1949; the births of two more children; and her husband's murder in a robbery. Ms. D. attributes her survival to her hope of seeing her family again, and discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences.