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Hanna S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2750) interviewed by Robert Randolph and Enid Levi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2750

Videotape testimony of Hanna S., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1923, the middle child of seven. She recalls attending Catholic school; cordial relations with non-Jews; one brother's service as an officer in the Polish military; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation of her parents and oldest sister in 1942 (she never saw them again); hiding in a bunker in 1943; giving up after three days; deportation with her family to Annaberg; transfer to a labor camp with her next youngest sister; slave labor in a textile factory; their transfer to Grünberg; sharing extra bread with her sister; a death march; their escape; arrest; incarceration in Christianstadt; another death march; their escape with three others; Poles hiding them; liberation by Soviet troops in February 1945; returning to Będzin; working in Katowice; learning her brother was alive in Germany; traveling to Munich; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; marriage; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States; and her brothers joining them. Ms. S. notes the happiness her grandchildren bring to her, and her rescuer refusing remuneration after the war, not wanting to be rewarded for doing the right thing.

Author/Creator
S., Hanna, 1923-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 23, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hanna S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2750). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.