Dvora F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3846)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- October 18, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dvora F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3846). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.