Sonia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2751) interviewed by Barbara Devinki
- Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 25, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sonia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2751). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sonia W., who was born in Międzyrzec Podlaski, Poland in 1925, one of three children. She recalls attending public school; German invasion; forced labor; hiding with her family during deportations; ghettoization; her brother placing her sister in hiding with a non-Jew; her father and brother hiding with another non-Jew; their betrayal and execution; deportation with her mother to Majdanek; public hangings of escapees; separation from her mother (she never saw her again) when she was transferred to Auschwitz/Birkenau; hiding during selections; a beating when their work was not up to standard; a death march; transfer in open trains to Bergen-Belsen; working in the kitchen; sharing extra food with others; being shot during liberation; hospitalization; assistance from the Red Cross; returning home; learning her sister was alive; returning to Germany; marriage; her daughter's birth in Bad Nauheim displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. Ms. W. notes testifying against a guard at a war crime trial. She shows a scarf her sister had from their mother; sings a song her brother wrote; and recites poetry that she wrote immediately after the war.