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Jeanette E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1181) interviewed by Joan Bang and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1181

Videotape testimony of Jeanette E., who was born in Myszków, Poland in 1923. She recalls antisemitic harassment; attending boarding school in Częstochowa; German invasion; confiscation of her father's coal mine; moving to the Zawiercie ghetto; forced labor with her sister in a camp; joining her family in the Sosnowiec ghetto; forced labor in the Będzin ghetto; obtaining false papers; hiding during a round-up; escaping to the Kamionka ghetto; being hidden by her future husband; their escape with help from the underground; hiding in bunkers; being smuggled to Hungary with help from Poles and No'ar ha-Tsiyioni; marriage; their arrest in Baja; separation from her husband (they informed her he died); transfer to Budapest; escaping; reconnecting with No'ar ha-Tsiyoni; being smuggled to Arad; arrest; escaping to Bucharest; embarking for Palestine; debarkation in Istanbul since her baby was due; her son's birth; traveling to Palestine in December 1944; learning her husband was alive; joining him in Munich; and their emigration to the United States in 1951. Ms. E. notes sharing her history with her older son, but stopping after he told her it made him cry; her other children not wanting to hear, but her younger son later showing interest; and difficulty telling him after years of silence.

Author/Creator
E., Jeanette, 1923-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
November 17, 1987.
Locale
Poland
Zawiercie
Będzin
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Kamionka
Myszków (Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Zawiercie (Poland)
Baja (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
Arad (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Palestine
Munich (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jeanette E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1181). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.