Jeanette A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4295) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
- Interview Date
- June 6, 2004.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jeanette A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4295). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jeanette A., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1925, one of six children. She recalls her older brother attending medical school in France; his return immediately prior to the war; German invasion; ghettoization; slave labor in a leather factory; her mother and youngest sister joining her brother in another town; transfer to barracks at the factory; return to Radom; her brother, mother, and youngest sister joining them; selection of her parents for a mass killing from which her oldest sister escaped; transfer to Pionki; slave labor in an ammunition factory; transfer to Auschwitz (her brother escaped and was killed); selection three days later for transfer to Hindenburg; assistance from her sisters when she was ill; public hangings; transfer to Bergen-Belsen eight months later; one night in Dora en route; a privileged kitchen position; smuggling food to her sisters; being reported for giving food to another prisoner; hiding, then returning to her barrack, but remaining "hidden" (she would have been killed for her infraction); observing Hungarian women praying; liberation by British troops; transfer to German barracks, another town, then Diepholz; living in an UNRRA displaced persons camp in Stuttgart; assistance from the Joint; learning friends who returned to Radom were killed by Poles; her sister's death in a motorcycle accident; one sister's emigration to Australia, another's to Israel; marriage; emigration to the United States to join her husband's uncle; his support; bringing her younger sister to the United States; attending the Fashion Institute of Technology; and her career. Ms. A. notes frequent nightmares and not discussing her experiences, even with her children. She shows documents and photographs.