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Dvora F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3846)

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    Videotape testimony of Dvora F., who was born in Bełżyce, Poland in 1932, the third of four children. She recounts celebrating Jewish holidays with her extended family; her brother's birth in 1937; attending a Jewish school; German invasion; her father being taken for occasional forced labor; non-Jews hiding her, her mother, brother, and one sister underground, then in an apartment; ghettoization with all her family; sneaking into her parents group during a selection; deportation to Kraśnik, then Budzyń; her father remaining in Kraśnik; she and her brother hiding when her family worked; transfer to Majdanek in June; cleaning a German's office for extra food; a death march to Kraśnik; separation from her brother; briefly seeing her father; train transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her family; living in a children's block; her mother and sisters being transferred; her cousin joining her; a death march and train transfer to the tent camp at Ravensbrück; transfer to Malchow; abandonment by the guards on an evacuation march; liberation by Soviet troops; placement with her cousin in a refugee camp; traveling to Łódź, then Lublin seeking relatives; living in a girls' orphanage; finding her brother in a boys' orphanage; reunion with her mother and sisters; learning her father had not survived; antisemitic violence; moving with her family to Lampertheim displaced persons (DP) camp; attending high school in the Bergen-Belsen DP camp; emigration to Palestine in April 1948; and marriage. Ms. F. discusses witnessing many killings; fear of being without family in the camps; relief when her cousin joined her after separation from her mother and sisters; and sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren.
    F., Dvora, 1932-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
    Interview Date
    October 18, 1996.
    Bełżyce (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Cite As
    Dvora F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3846). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.
    Related material: Jafa R. Holocaust testimony [sister](HVT-3878), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Bełżyce. Sisters. Brothers and sisters. Mothers and daughters. Forced labor. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Death marches. Refugee camps. Orphanages--Poland. Poland. Bełżyce (Poland) Łódź (Poland) Lublin (Poland) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Oral histories (document genres) F., Dvora,--1932- Majdanek (Concentration camp) Budzyn (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Malchow (Concentration camp) Lampertheim (Displaced persons camp) DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen.

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