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Maria D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2752) interviewed by Jill Maidhof and James Maidhof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2752

Videotape testimony of Maria D., who was born in Hannover, Germany in 1920 and raised in Wodzisław, Poland. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion; confiscation of the family store's merchandise and their apartment; forced labor; deportations including her two brothers; a non-Jewish friend providing false papers; traveling to Kraków; living as a non-Jew; returning home; marriage in September 1942; deportation to Skarżysko; encountering her brothers; her younger brother arranging their escape in January 1943; a non-Jewish friend arranging hiding in a bunker on a farm; living there several months with her brothers, mother, husband, and other relatives; leaving when the farmer threatened exposure; the same friend taking them to another farm; one brother being killed when he left to sell something in April 1944; liberation by Soviet troops in winter 1945; returning to Wodzisław; moving to Sosnowiec; Armia Krajowa members killing her other brother in May; leaving Poland; living in Regensburg; assistance from HIAS; her son's birth in 1946; emigration to the United States in 1950; and establishing a real estate business. Ms. D. notes her husband's recovery from two gunshot wounds received during the war and his recent death.

D., Maria, 1920-
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 31, 1994.
Wodzisław (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Regensburg (Germany)
Hannover (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maria D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2752). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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