Ana V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3312) interviewed by Anita Tarsi
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ana V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3312). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ana V., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1926. She recounts her large, extended family; attending public school; German invasion on September 1, 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; killings of those who disobeyed; ghettoization; slave labor in a factory; starvation; her older brother smuggling sugar to make candy to sell; her father's refusal to serve in the Jewish police; Ḥayim Rumkowski's speech before a round-up of children and elderly, which included her younger brother (she never saw him again); a public hanging; release from a round-up by a German; deportation with her family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her father and brother; transfer with her mother to Stutthof; receiving extra food for singing to a kapo; she and her mother suffering from typhus; sharing extra food with her mother; her death; losing hope; evacuation by train, then ship; saving a non-Jewish prisoner from death; an Allied bombing; believing she had been killed; the non-Jewish prisoner saving her; a prisoner committing suicide so her sister would go on without her; transfer to another ship; embarkation in Kiel; hospitalization; liberation; traveling to Munich with a friend; assistance from the Red Cross; and a year's hospitalization.
Ms. V. describes hearing from an uncle in Montevideo; learning her brother had survived but her father had not; emigrating to Montevideo; reunion with her brother (the happiest day of her life); relating her experience to her relatives upon arrival, then not discussing it again for years; marriage and having children; not sharing her story with her husband and children; her daughter suggesting she write; publication of books about her experiences; encouraging other survivors to share their stories and publishing them in a journal; and emigration to Israel late in life. Ms. V. discusses details of camp and ghetto life; profound grief upon liberation; and continuing relationships with fellow survivors.