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Felicia H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-570) interviewed by Mark Blechner and Linda Pasternak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-570

Videotape testimony of Felicia H., who was born in Chełm, Poland about 1920. She recalls Polish restrictions on Jews; her parents' decision and attempts to emigrate; moving to Warsaw in 1938; her father's departure for Bolivia in April 1939; German bombing of Warsaw on September 1; returning to Chełm with her mother; ghettoization; the role of the Judenrat, for which she worked; and transports of Jews to Sobibor and Majdanek. Mrs. H. describes hiding during the final liquidation; separation from her mother; traveling to Zakopane, then Kraków; obtaining false papers using the name of a Polish woman from Chełm; working for an S.S. officer whose wife knew she was Jewish; discovery and having to return to the Kraków ghetto; and deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau. She details life in Birkenau; the importance of helping each other and a sense of humor; her mother's words that "it would all be over someday" to which she attributes her survival; transport to Ober Alstadt; and liberation. She remembers returning to Chełm via Ostrava; animosity of the people in Chełm; learning of her mother's death; contact with her father in New York; living in Stockholm; and emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
H., Felicia, 1920?-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
April 28, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in.VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felicia H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-570). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.