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Hanna H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-285) interviewed by Dori Laub and Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-285

Videotape testimony of Hanna H., who was born in Warsaw in 1918. In this extraordinarily vivid and detailed account, Mrs. H. describes her childhood and education in Warsaw; extreme antisemitism; her marriage in 1939; her flight, with her husband, to Russian-occupied Rovnoe; and their return a short time later. She recalls the birth of her son in 1941; the formation of the Warsaw ghetto; the loss of her husband and, later, of her baby; her severe illness; hiding from a selection in a toilet; her discovery and narrow escape from death; and her reunion with her mother in the ghetto. She recounts smuggling herself out of the ghetto; the deportation and death of her mother; securing false papers to live as a non-Jew in Warsaw in exchange for working for the underground; numerous instances of close calls, betrayal, and flight; and liberation. Mrs. H. also speaks of her immediate postwar work as a translator; meeting her second husband, who had also lost his spouse and child; her life as a high official in Łódź; her wish for revenge; the lasting effects of her wartime experiences; her relationship with her children; her autobiographical writing; and her desire to form a discussion/support group of survivors.

Author/Creator
H., Hanna, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
June 23, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies; 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hanna H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-285). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.