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Fredka M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3194)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3194

Videotape testimony of Fredka M., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland, in approximately 1921, one of two sisters. She recounts her family's affluence; attending public school; participating in Noʻar ha-Tsiyoni; skiing in Zakopane; working with Moshe Merin (future head of the Judenrat) to assist refugees from Germany; German invasion; her father fleeing east; fleeing with her mother, sister, and aunt; returning when overtaken by German troops; her father's return; working for the Judenrat, then in the Jewish hospital; organizing educational activities and food for children; traveling to Oświęcim to observe what was occuring; a clandestine meeting with Zionists in the Częstochowa ghetto; visits from resistance leaders Eleazar Geller and Mordecai Anielewicz; contact with Polish underground members; arranging escapes from a mass round-up in August 1942; capture; release with assistance from Merin, despite his opposition to their efforts; forming an underground cell; obtaining weapons; ghettoization in March 1943; marriage to Yiśraʼel Ḳoz'ukh, a youth leader; arrest by the Jewish police; release; arranging to send Jews via Kraków to Germany as volunteer laborers; attending a Nazi cocktail party in Tarnów when establishing smuggling routes; meeting Armia Krajowa members in Warsaw, who helped them obtain weapons; hiding in a bunker with her parents; learning her husband was shot; finding and burying him; deportation of many underground colleagues; escaping; Poles hiding her, her husband's brother, and others; arranging for Jews to volunteer to work in Germany, posing as Poles; arrest; imprisonment in Trzebinia, then Katowice, posing as a Pole using her false papers; being recognized as a Jew; attempting suicide; transfer to Masłowice, then Sosnowiec concentration camp; escaping; being smuggled to Žilina, then to Budapest in late 1943; reunion with Zionist underground members; obtaining legal emigration papers; emigrating to Palestine in 1944, stopping en route in Istanbul and Beirut; and working for UNRRA in Turin, then for the Jewish Agency in Paris after the war. Ms. M. discusses many people involved in Zionist movements and the ghetto as well as relations between groups. She shows a photograph of her murdered husband.

M., Fredka, 1921?-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 28, 1991.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Zakopane (Poland)
Oświęcim (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Trzebinia (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Masłowice (Poland)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Istanbul (Turkey)
Beirut (Lebanon)
Turin (Italy)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fredka M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3194). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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