Mildred W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1709) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Kathy Strochlic
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 5, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mildred W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1709). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mildred W. who was born in Kielce, Poland in 1919. She recounts attending a private Jewish school; believing events in Germany could not impact them; German invasion; not fleeing in order to remain with her parents; marriage in 1940; a typhus epidemic; ghettoization in spring 1941; smuggling food; mass killings during deportations in August 1942, including her husband; emotional numbness; slave labor in Kielce; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; slave labor; transfer to Ravensbrück in December; meeting a cousin who provided her with extra food; hiding a friend so they could stay together; transfer to Malchow; improved conditions; arrival of the Red Cross in April 1945; transfer to Lund, Sweden; hospitalization; writing a memoir (she shows her book); attending school in Stockholm; futile searches for surviving relatives; emigration to the United States to join an uncle; and marriage to an American. Mrs. W. discusses many details of camp and ghetto life; her feelings and inter-group relations in the camps; continuing health problems resulting from her experiences; sharing her story with her children; and not teaching them about religion due to her anger. She show photographs.