Hecona A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2144) interviewed by David Herman
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 11, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hecona A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2144). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hecona A., who was born in Pabianice, Poland in 1927, the youngest of three children. She recalls her family's relative affluence; her father's Zionist activities; belonging to No'ar ha-Tsiyoni; her sister's emigration to Palestine in 1937; German invasion; anti-Jewish violence; her father being taken hostage as a leading citizen (he was the only one released); ghettoization; her family's selection for transfer to the Łódź ghetto in May 1942; her father volunteering to accompany the children (they never saw him again); working in an orphanage which Ḥayim Rumkowski sponsored; her brother's prestigious job with the Judenrat; deportation of the orphanage in 1943; her exemption due to her brother's position; living with her mother and brother; cleaning the ghetto after its liquidation in 1944; receiving assistance from Kommandant Biebow's secretary (she testified for her after the war); hiding with cousins in a bunker; liberation by Soviet troops; learning of the death camps; hearing from her sister; emigration to join relatives in London in 1946; her mother's emigration to Israel and her brother's to Australia; marriage; and raising two daughters. Ms. A. discusses details of ghetto life; owing her life to Rumkowski; other views of him; and not previously sharing her story. She shows photographs and reads from the Pabianice yizkor book about her father.