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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.

Author/Creator
N., Yaffa, 1919-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
November 11 and November 25, 1999.
Locale
Poland
Łask
Łódź
Łask (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Milan (Italy)
Castel Gandolfo (Italy)
Cyprus
Palestine
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.