Maria W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1714) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Michael Alpert
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- April 2, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maria W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1714). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maria W., who was born in Belz, Russia in approximately 1908. She recalls the burning of Belz during World War I; she and her family walking for two months to Vienna; extreme poverty; one brother's emigration to the United States; attending gymnasium; her father's death in 1928; working in a knitting factory; marriage in 1933; working in her husband's knitting factory; their relative affluence; her son's birth; her husband's arrest; a non-Jewish maid who found money her husband had hidden and gave it to her; his release upon promising to leave Austria the next month; being swindled out of much of their money; emigration to London via Zurich and Paris; moving to Bournemouth for their son's health; assistance from a Jewish family with whom they are still friends; bringing the rest of her family out of Austria; and emigration to the United States. Ms. W. discusses childhood visits to Belz and Rava-Russkai︠a︡; her family settling in England and Uruguay; saving a family Torah from a synagogue in Vienna and donating it to her present synagogue; and becoming ill on every postwar visit to Vienna. She shows documents, photographs, and memorabilia.