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Jeanette A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4295) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4295

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.

Author/Creator
A., Jeanette, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
June 6, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
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.