Maria D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2752) interviewed by Jill Maidhof and James Maidhof
- Kansas City, Kansas: Midwest Center for Holocaust Education 1994
- Interview Date
- August 31, 1994.
- 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.
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.