Zophia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2500) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- October 20, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Zophia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2500). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Zophia S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1919 to Polish émigrés. She recounts the deaths of two brothers in World War I; a very assimilated lifestyle; completing school and university entrance exams; moving with her parents to Kraków in 1936; attending university; German invasion; ghettoization; relocating to the Częstochowa ghetto; marriage; her parents' deportation (she never saw them again); slave labor in a factory; obtaining false papers; escaping with her husband from the ghetto; traveling to Kraków; smuggling food to her husband's family; arrest when her landlord's children were arrested for resistance activities; separation from her husband (he was shot immediately); imprisonment for three months; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; contracting typhus; hospitalization; having her lung collapsed as part of specious medical experiments; a privileged office job; public hangings; her former governess sending her cards; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Malchow; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Kraków; emigration to England in 1946; marriage; and her son's birth. Ms. S. discusses her son's obsession with her experiences, and her physical problems resulting from them. She shows correspondence to and from her governess, a document from the Red Cross, and a bag she sewed for herself in Auschwitz.