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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.

K., Shoshana, 1925-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
November 14, 1996.
Dęblin (Warsaw)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Bardejov (Slovakia)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
ʻAtlit (Israel)
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.