Sylvia F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-121) interviewed by Sergio Rothstein and Laurel Vlock
- New York, N.Y. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1981
- Interview Date
- July 30, 1981.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sylvia F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-121). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sylvia F., who was born, an only child, in Kraków, Poland, in 1909. During the last quarter of the testimony she is joined by her husband, Jacob, who details the circumstances under which they met and notes the camps in which he was interned: Lemberg (Lv̓ov,) Borislav, Kraków (Płaszów,) Vielichka, Mauthausen, and Linz. [His wartime experiences are more fully recounted in Holocaust videotape testimony T-120.] Mrs. F. describes her marriage at the age of nineteen; the arrest and murder of her first husband; her life in the ghetto and her work in the commissary in Kraków; her escape from the ghetto to Częstochowa with her two year old daughter; and her fear, confusion, doubt and thoughts of suicide in response to the constant pressure of her situation. She relates her procurement of a job on a farm near Vienna as a Polish gentile; her four years of hiding there with her daughter; her postwar move to Linz, where she met her second husband; and her emigration to the United States. Mrs. F. also speaks at length about her daughter's life at present, and how the years of hiding may have affected it.