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Hecona A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2144) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2144

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.

A., Hecona, 1927-
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.
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