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Carol W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1316) interviewed by Susan Millen and Dori Laub

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1316

Videotape testimony of Carol W., who was born in Stanisławów, Poland (now Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine), in 1915. Mrs. W. relates her marriage; the birth of her son Clemens L. in 1937; Soviet, then German occupation; the shooting of some 10,000 Jews in an Aktion; ghettoization; believing her family safe because her father was in the Judenrat; hiding with other relatives during a September 1942 Aktion when her husband and father were taken; and escaping on false papers with her son, brother, and niece. She tells of taking her son to Lwów; a narrow escape en route; securing a job and sending for her mother; incarceration for six weeks in Janowska; repeated selections; escaping; her mother's death; journeying to Warsaw; reunion with her brother; placing her son in a convent at Otwock; and becoming nanny to a Gestapo officer's child. She recounts being unable to visit her son due to the Polish Warsaw uprising; a Polish woman saving her from deportation in Pruszków; liberation; reunion with her son; and selling contraband cigarettes in Katowice to support herself after the war. This testimony contains numerous examples of assistance by non-Jews.

Author/Creator
W., Carol, 1915-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
March 24, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Carol W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1316). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/989894
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:48:00
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