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Minya J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2364) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2364

Videotape testimony of Minya J., who was born in Warta, Poland in 1928, the youngest of seven children. She recounts her family living there for seven generations; a happy childhood; German invasion; briefly staying with her married sister in Łódź; returning home; ghettoization; smuggling food to her family; public hangings of escapees and hostages; a privileged position caring for a German child outside the ghetto; her father's arrest; obtaining his release; escaping from a round-up with one sister (she never saw them again); their transfer to the Łódź ghetto; living with their sister; slave labor in a uniform factory; her sister volunteering for deportation to be with her children; deportation with her other sister to Auschwitz/Birkenau; her sister's selection; assistance from cousins; train transport to Germany; slave labor in a munitions factory; Italian prisoners throwing them food; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation; hospitalization; transport to Windermere; recovering from tuberculosis in a convalescent hostel; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. J. notes one sister survived; visiting her in Israel; and not sharing her experiences with her children.

J., Minya, 1928-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
December 7, 1990.
Warta (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Windermere (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Minya J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2364). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.