Ada V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3707)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- June 3 and June 13, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ada V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3707). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ada V., who was born in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland, the only child in an affluent home. She recounts attending a Jewish school; frequent, pleasant visits to her mother's family in Paris; German invasion; Germans beating her father; his escape to Czyżew in the Soviet zone; being smuggled with her mother to join him; attending a Soviet school; participating in Komsomol; her father enlisting in the Soviet military (they never saw him again); German invasion; ghettoization; her mother paying smugglers to bring them to the Warsaw ghetto; she, her mother, and grandmother obtaining jobs in a brush factory; round-up of her mother (she never saw her again); hiding with her grandmother during round-ups; her uncle obtaining false papers for her; escaping over the ghetto wall; living with non-Jews in Rembertów; her aunt moving her to a Polish family for whom she babysat and who hid many other Jews; attending church; her aunt's weekly visits; fleeing during the 1944 Polish uprising; deportation as a Pole to Pruszków; forced labor on a farm in Oschatz; assistance from a Polish admirer; liberation by Soviet troops; Poles she worked with offering to adopt her; returning home; reunion with an aunt and uncle; living in Kalisz; attending university; summers in Ciechocinek; marriage; and emigration to Israel. Ms. V. discusses identifying a Jewish girl who had been hidden with her so she could be returned to her father; continuing contact with the woman who hid her (she was honored by Yad Vashem); hoarding food due to her experiences; and ghetto songs that she sings.