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Adela C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-747) interviewed by Bobbie Berger and James W. Pennebaker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-747

Videotape testimony of Adela S., who was born in Jarosław, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Poland) in 1912, one of nine children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy and relative affluence; attending school; working as a seamstress; marriage in 1931; living with her in-laws in Łańcut; returning to Jarosław; the births of three children; her very happy life; German invasion; her husband's flight to the Soviet Union; joining him with their children (she never saw her parents again); their transport to Siberia; her husband's forced labor chopping wood and hers in a bathhouse; her daughter's birth in 1941; starvation; the deaths of two children and her husband; transfer to a farm in the Ukraine; traveling to Wrocław after the war; working for UNRRA; learning of the Holocaust and that her family had been killed; one daughter's emigration to Israel; living in Schwarzenborn, then Kassel displaced persons camp; remarriage to a survivor; emigration to the United States in 1952; her daughter's suicide; her second husband's death; and visiting her daughter in Israel in 1974. Ms. S. discusses her anger with the Germans, and her husband's chronic depression resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
C., Adela, 1912-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
March 15, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adela C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-747). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.