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Belle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1362) interviewed by Bobbie Berger and Randy Lane

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1362

Videotape testimony of Belle S., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in approximately 1924, one of four children. She recounts her family's poverty; attending school; increasing antisemitism in the 1930s; German invasion; her father's death from typhus in 1942; her older brother's deportation; hiding; deportation with her brother and his girlfriend to Skarżysko-Kamienna; her brother hiding her and providing food for her when she was sick; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer with her brother and his girlfriend in 1944 to Częstochowa; hospitalization for one month; the doctor giving her extra food; abandonment by the Germans; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; returning home; reunion with her other brother; traveling to Łódź; marriage; the birth of her son in May 1946; living in several displaced persons camps; her brother's emigration to Canada in 1947; emigration to the United States in 1949; assistance from the Jewish Federation; illness resulting from the camps; her daughter's birth in 1953; divorce in 1966; and not sharing her experiences with her children in order to protect them from her pain.

Author/Creator
S., Belle, 1924?-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
Interview Date
September 20, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Belle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1362). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294997
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