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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.
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.