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Chana S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2620) interviewed by Mary Grace Lanese and Gayla D. Spurlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2620

Videotape testimony of Chana S., who was born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland. She recalls attending business school in Sosnowiec; German invasion; volunteering for forced labor in 1941 so her sister would not have to go; slave labor in Grünberg; assistance from the camp elder and a neighbor from home; a death march to Bergen-Belsen in winter 1944/45; an aborted escape attempt; a beating; not reporting deaths in order to obtain additional rations; contracting typhus; liberation (she was not conscious); returning to Poland seeking relatives (only two cousins survived out of her family of 200); marriage in Łódź; leaving Poland due to overt antisemitism; living in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. S. discusses her gratitude and love for the United States, and fears for her children when they were younger based on her war experiences.

S., Chana, 1924-
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 19, 1994.
Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chana S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2620). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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