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Oral history interview with Fredka Mazia

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.102 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0102
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Fredka Mazia, born in Sosnowiec, Poland, describes her early Jewish life and Zionist activities; her family’s attempt to leave Sosnowiec but returning home; the German invasion and administration and the establishment and functioning of the Judenrat; her husband, Yuz’ak, and his role in the Judenrat; helping in a hospital; the creation of the ghetto in 1943; deportations including one on August 12, 1942; joining the underground, attempting to help Jews escape; the death of her husband in August 1943; being arrested on a train to Krakow, Poland and imprisoned in Tchebinia then Katowice, where she was interrogated; her attempted suicide; being sent to Myslowice then back to the ghetto in Sosnowiec; returning to Katowice, from there to Zverdin and then to Budapest; getting certificates to go to Palestine by train from Budapest via Istanbul, Syria, and Beirut, Lebanon, and from there by taxi to Palestine; her reception in Palestine, her work in Italy assisting refugees, and her post-war experiences in Israel; and her feelings about the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Fredka Mazia
Date
1991 February 28  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
11 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection