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Shoshana K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3870)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3870

Videotape testimony of Shoshana K., who was born in Prešov, Czechoslovakia in 1925, one of five children in a Hasidic family. She recounts attending a Jewish school; visiting relatives in Bardejov; transfer to a public school; anti-Jewish restrictions; confiscation of her father's store; deportation with her family by the Hlinka guard to the Dęblin ghetto; slave labor; a German officer allowing her to eat extra food; giving her soup ration to her mother; slave labor at an air strip; separation from her family (she never saw them again); transfer to the labor camp; assistance from a prisoner physician; hospitalization for two weeks; German soldiers and Polish workers sharing food; a public hanging; train transfer to Częstochowa in July 1944; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; living in the city for about six weeks; returning to Prešov; assistance from the Joint; retrieving a family photo; traveling to Prague, Paris, and Marseille, with assistance from Agudat Israel; illegal emigration to Palestine by ship in 1946; interdiction by the British; incarceration in ʻAtlit for six weeks; marriage to a survivor; the births of two children; and her husband's death in an accident. Ms. K. discusses losing her belief in God due to her experiences; nightmares; not sharing her experiences with her children, but sharing them with her grandchildren; and sending documents to Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
K., Shoshana, 1925-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
November 14, 1996.
Locale
Poland
Dęblin (Warsaw)
Czechoslovakia
Prešov (Slovakia)
Bardejov (Slovakia)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
Palestine
ʻAtlit (Israel)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shoshana K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3870). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.