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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.

Author/Creator
F., Ada, 1919-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
December 14, 1989.
Locale
United States
Poland
Chełm (Lublin)
Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Slonim (Belarus)
Ulm (Germany)
Opalin (Ukraine)
Language
English
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/982278
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