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Erna E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3579)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3579

Videotape testimony of Erna E., who was born in Oświęcim, Poland in 1920. She recounts her large family's affluence; summering in mountain resorts; participating in Betar; Vladimir Jabotinsky staying at their home; antisemitic harassment beginning in 1933; one year of school in Myslowice; one brother serving in the Polish military; German invasion in 1939; fleeing with her family to Przeworsk; her father continuing to the Soviet zone; finding her brother in Kraków (he had been wounded); their return home; brief arrest with her sister by Soviets in Tarnów en route to find their father; reunion with him in Lʹviv; a brief stay in Rava Ruʹska; returning home; volunteering with a sister, brother, and his wife for work in November 1940; their deportation to Annaberg; her brother's transfer to Auschwitz (her parents received his ashes shortly thereafter); transfer to Ottmuth; her job in the hospital; poisoning herself; hospitalization in Krapowice; escaping; joining her family in the Sosnowice ghetto; transfer back to Annaberg; working in the hospital; transfer six months later to Parschnitz, then to Markstädt, and back to Parschnitz for a year; learning her father had died; arranging for her mother and sisters to join her; separation from them upon transfer to Blechhammer, then Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1943; assignment to the “medical experiment” barracks; caring for Greek women on whom the "experiments" were done, most of whom died; transfer to Union factory; working as a translator, then a supervisor; participating in sabotage; assistance from civilian workers and Wehrmacht; a death march and train transfer with her cousin to Ravensbrück; transfer by herself to Malchow, then Taucha; escaping with others from a death march; a man hiding them until the arrival of Soviet troops; traveling to Sosnowiec; reunion with her mother and sister; joining a brother in Feldafing displaced persons camp; her family joining them; and testifying against a camp official.

E., Erna, 1920-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
March 28, 1993.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Oświęcim (Poland)
Mysłowice (Poland)
Przeworsk (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Rava-Rusʹka (Ukraine)
Krapkowice (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erna E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3579). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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