Media Files
Title:
Maria S. Holocaust testimony
Collection:
Fortunoff Video Archive (Unrestricted)
Organization:
Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Identifier:
EAD ID mssa.hvt.4266
Orbis bib 6467651
Language:
Primary English
Date:
creation 2003-12-05
Identifier:
EAD ID mssa.hvt.4266
Orbis bib 6467651
Subject:
Person or Corporate Body S., Maria, 1922-
Person or Corporate Body Rosensaft, Josef, 1911-1975
Person or Corporate Body Bloch, Sam E.
Person or Corporate Body Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Birkenau (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Starachowice (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen
Person or Corporate Body United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
Person or Corporate Body World ORT Union
Person or Corporate Body S., Maria, -- 1922-
Person or Corporate Body Rosensaft, Josef, 1911-1975
Person or Corporate Body Bloch, Sam E.
Person or Corporate Body Auschwitz (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Birkenau (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body Starachowice (Concentration camp)
Person or Corporate Body DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen
Person or Corporate Body United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
Person or Corporate Body World ORT Union
topical Holocaust survivors
topical Video tapes
topical Women
topical Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
genre_form Personal narratives
topical World War, 1939-1945
genre_form Personal narratives, Jewish
topical Jewish ghettos
topical Jews
geographic Poland
geographic Łódź
topical Forced labor
topical Refugee camps
topical Escapes
topical Brothers and sisters
topical Mothers and daughters
topical Concentration camp inmates
topical Family relationships
topical World War, 1939-1945
topical Atrocities
geographic Poland
geographic Łódź (Poland)
geographic Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
geographic Wierzbnik (Starachowice, Poland)
genre_form Oral histories (document genres)
topical Postwar experiences
topical Mass killings
topical Antisemitism
temporal Postwar
topical Mutual aid
topical Aid by non-Jews
Format:
2 videocassettes
Description:
Abstract Videotape testimony of Maria S., who was born in ?o?dz?, Poland in 1922, one of three children. She recounts her family's affluence; cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion; ghettoization; her father's former employees smuggling food to them; forced factory labor; her father arranging to smuggle her, her brothers, and mother to relatives in Szyd?owiec in 1941 (he was killed later attempting escape); forced transfer to Wierzbnik; incarceration in Starachowiece; slave labor in a munitions factory; receiving food from a civilian worker; sharing it with her mother; a mass killing of escapees; saving her mother and brother from selections (an aunt and uncle were shot); transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; smelling burning flesh; hauling stones; a German giving her shoes; transfer with her mother and two aunts to Bergen-Belsen; starvation, lice, and pervasive death; liberation; reunion with one brother (the other did not survive); her mother's convalescence in Switzerland; working in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp with Josef Rosensaft and Sam Bloch; UNRRA assistance; returning to ?o?dz?; attending high school and college; assistance from ORT; marriage; the birth of two children; an antisemitic incident; obtaining permission to visit her brother in the United States, provided her husband and daughters remained; and bringing them to the U.S. a year later by obtaining political asylum for them. Ms. S. discusses life in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, including establishing schools, competing political groups, and black marketeering. She shows objects, photographs, documents, publications, and a recording of her poetry.
Language:
Primary English
Coverage:
Place of Recording New Haven, Conn. :
Date:
creation 2003-12-05
Agent:
Producer Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
S., Maria, 1922-
Langer, Lawrence L.
Interviewee S, Maria (5542)
Interviewer Langer, Lawrence
Duration:
02:26:54

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