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Mania W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2623) interviewed by Barbara Devinki and Patrick Robichaud

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2623

Videotape testimony of Mania W., who was born in Myszków, Poland in 1922. She recalls German invasion; fleeing east with her family; returning home; ghettoization in Zawiercie; her parents' deportation; hiding with a friend in a bunker during a round-up; her friend inadvertently killing her baby daughter while trying to keep her quiet; a non-Jewish friend bringing her food; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1941; slave labor in a gravel pit; her cousins arranging a privileged kitchen position for her; hospitalization for typhus; a friend bringing her food and removing her from the hospital before a selection; hearing screams from the gas chambers while working in the Canada Kommando; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotaging her machine; liberation by the Swedish Red Cross; staying in a convent, then Malmbäck, Sweden; marriage; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1953; and assistance from the Joint. Ms. W. relates details of camp life.

Author/Creator
W., Mania, 1922-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 18, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mania W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2623). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.