Bronia S. testimony 1990 [video recording]
Date of Recording09 May 1990
Duration1h 58m 48.0s
SynopsisBronia S. was born in Galicia, Poland [now Zolochev, Ukraine] in July 12, 1915. She discusses her family and their experience before the war. Her family moved to Vienna, Austria four months after she was born. She recalls her education and work as a secretary before the war. She discusses Hitler’s rise to power and Anschluss. Her father arranged for the family to go to Łódź, Poland. She recalls the ghettoization experience. Bronia discusses her experience working in the ghetto administration for Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski. She recounts her marriage in 1943. She and her sister were deported to Auschwitz and she recalls the experience of arriving at the camp. Bronia was then transferred with her mother to Stutthof. She recalls illness and being able to see her father and husband from afar. She was then transferred to Dresden and worked in a munitions factory. She recalls the Allied bombings of Dresden in February of 1945. Bronia describes the experience of a death march from Pirna to Theresienstadt with her mother and sister. Bronia discusses liberation by Soviet troops. After the war, Bronia worked with the American Joint Committee in Prague. She married again and moved to Israel. She describes emigration to Canada, the birth of her children, and her second husband’s death. She discusses the importance of her mother to her survival, her faith, and her children.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.