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Hannah H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1571) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Michael Alpert,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1571

Videotape testimony of Hannah H., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1924. She recalls attending public school and business school; celebrating Jewish holidays; German invasion; ghettoization with her family in the Srodula section; forced labor; hiding in a bunker during round-ups; her brother being caught and killed; foregoing an escape opportunity to save her parents from deportation (they were not released); deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; being shaved and tattooed; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to a German camp in January 1945; liberation by the Red Cross in April; transfer to Visingsö, Sweden; working in Nässjö, then Norrköping; marriage in Stockholm; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1952 with assistance from an uncle; her second daughter's birth; and her husband's death in 1979. She discusses her enjoyment in life; the kindness of the Swedes; and not sharing her experience after seeing how it upset her Swedish hosts. She shows photographs and documents.

H., Hannah, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
April 23, 1990.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Visingsö (Sweden)
Nässjö (Sweden)
Norrköping (Sweden)
Stockholm (Sweden)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hannah H. Holocaust Testimony (HV-1571). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.