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Mania M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1447) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1447

Videotape testimony of Mania M., who was born in 1919 and lived in Podgórze (Kraków), Poland, one of six children. She recounts her affluent, orthodox family; working as a bookkeeper; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing east to Mielec; returning home when overtaken by Germans; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; forced labor; marriage; deportations, including her parents and one sister; transfer to Płaszów in 1943; slave labor in the Madritsche factory; visits with her husband; becoming inured to constant killings; transfer to Auschwitz, then Aschersleben in January 1945; slave labor in an airplane factory; crafting Sabbath candles; an aunt giving her extra food; a death march; escaping with her sister-in-law and aunt; assistance from Polish forced laborers; liberation by United States troops in Bitterfeld; traveling to Prague; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; traveling to Wels, then Bindermichl displaced persons camp to find her husband; their reunion; moving to an apartment in Bindermichl; her son's birth in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. M. notes being the only member of her family to survive; her continuing faith; and sharing her experiences with her children.

Author/Creator
M., Mania, 1919-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1990
Interview Date
April 19, 1990.
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
Mania M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1447). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.