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Yaffa N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4156)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4156

Videotape testimony of Yaffa N., who was born in Łask, Poland in 1919, the youngest of seven sisters. She recounts a happy childhood; attending school; antisemitic harassment; attending Zionist training courses in Warsaw, then Łódź; visiting her family in Łask; German invasion; briefly fleeing to Łódź; ghettoization; working in a soup kitchen; contacts with members of the Judenrat; a public hanging; round-up of all the Jews to a church; selection with three sisters and her future husband for a group of the young and healthy; her group's transfer to the Łódź ghetto; her parents' deportation to Chelmno; assignment to work in a clothing factory; her brother-in-law's death; deportation with her sisters to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a woman from Łask giving birth; their transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Geislingen; slave labor in a factory; being beaten for taking extra food; transfer five months later to Dachau; placement on a train transport; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by United States troops; living in Landsberg, then Buchenwald displaced persons camps, Milan, and Castel Gandolfo; illegal emigration by ship to Palestine; incarceration on Cyprus; and reunion with her future husband and sister in Israel. She shows photographs.

N., Yaffa, 1919-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
November 11 and November 25, 1999.
Łask (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Milan (Italy)
Castel Gandolfo (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yaffa N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4156). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.