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Ada M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4003)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4003

Videotape testimony of Ada M., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1933, an only child. She recounts her family's affluence; a close, extended family; German invasion; her father's futile attempt to flee to the Soviet Union; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; staying home when her parents went to work; being caught in a children's round-up; release of all the children when her father bribed some officials; her father obtaining false papers for her and having a priest instruct her so she could pass as a non-Jew; being smuggled out of the ghetto to hide with non-Jews; a visit from her father; seeing the ghetto burn during the uprising; her host family's expulsion during the Polish uprising (she could not go with them); staying with several families in a village; constant fear of discovery; attending church; liberation by Soviet troops; living with a family in Grójec; attending school; fleeing in 1947 due to sexual harassment by her host; traveling to Warsaw; visiting the first family that hid her (they had many of her parents' belongings and would not return anything); assistance from the Joint; reunion with an uncle; adoption by him; their emigration to Israel in 1950; marriage to an Israeli; the birth of her children; being very over protective of them due to her experiences; not sharing her experiences, but more recently telling them a bit; a close friendship with a German couple; and recently visiting Warsaw with them. Ms. M. discusses keeping a diary after the war which she then burned, wanting to forget her past, and many years of waiting and searching for her father, not accepting that he was killed.

M., Ada, 1933-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
May 14, 1998.
Warsaw (Poland)
Grójec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ada M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4003). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.