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Ada F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1301) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1301

Videotape testimony of Ada F., who was born in Opalin, Poland (now Ukraine), in 1919. Mrs. F. describes her happy childhood in a rabbi's family; holiday observances; her family's disbelief about German antisemitic persecution in the late 1930s; the German invasion; separation from her family while on a train which was bombed en route to Chełm; and escaping with a girlfriend from the Chełm ghetto. She recalls hiding with other Jews in forest bunkers; betrayal by Poles; transport to a labor camp in Łódź; witnessing atrocities; transfer to Auschwitz in November 1944; and liberation. She remembers arrest and interrogation as a "spy" when she tried to return to Opalin; six months' exile in Siberia; her marriage in Slonim; the birth of her daughter in a displaced persons camp near Ulm; unsuccessful efforts to go to Palestine; arrival in the United States; and the murder of her husband during a 1973 robbery. She reflects on her experiences with antisemitism in America, particularly a college professor whom she believed sympathetic to Hitler and a close friend who made antisemitic remarks.

F., Ada, 1919-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
December 14, 1989.
United States
Chełm (Lublin)
Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Slonim (Belarus)
Ulm (Germany)
Opalin (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ada F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1301). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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