Chapman University Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

This year’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest begins as you listen to a survivor’s full-length testimony and discover a specific memory of the Holocaust that inspires your creativity. Your courage to create an original work of prose, poetry, or art will both honor and add to memory of the Holocaust.To view a testimony, click on any of the thumbnail images below.

Chapman University Contest Testimony Playlist

Rosette Fischer

Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
Ravensbrück (Germany, Concentration Camp)
Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
Drancy (France: Concentration Camp)
Neustadt-Glewe (Germany: Concentration Camp)

BornJanuary 12, 1923
Lódz, Poland
Date of InterviewFebruary 5, 1996
Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
Length of Interview1:16:02
Camp(s)
Liberated bySoviet armed forces
Location of LiberationNeustadt-Glewe (Germany: Concentration Camp)

 

  • Rosette Fischer

    Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
    Ravensbrück (Germany, Concentration Camp)
    Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Drancy (France: Concentration Camp)
    Neustadt-Glewe (Germany: Concentration Camp)

    BornJanuary 12, 1923
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of InterviewFebruary 5, 1996
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:16:02
    Camp(s)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationNeustadt-Glewe (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Barbara Gerson

    Biographical Information about Barbara Gerson

    BornMay 30, 1924
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of InterviewDecember 4, 1997
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:29:15
    Ghetto(s)Czestochowa (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Other experiencesWar crimes trial participant
    Identity concealment
    Displaced persons camps
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location)Poland
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationTschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Ralph Fischer

    Biographical Information about Ralph Fischer

    BornNovember 28, 1922
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of InterviewFebruary 5, 1996
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:14:43
    Ghetto(s)Lódz (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Mauthausen (Austria: Concentration Camp)
    Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Ebensee (Austria: Concentration Camp)
    Gutenbrunn (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Posen (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Andrzejów (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated byUnited States armed forces
    Location of LiberationEbensee (Austria: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Jack Lewin

    Biographical Information about Jack Lewin

    BornApril 13, 1927
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of InterviewJanuary 27, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:56:35
    Ghetto(s)Lódz (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Trzebinia (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesHiding
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationAuschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)

     

  • Henry Wellner

    Biographical Information about Henry Wellner

    BornFebruary 16, 1920
    Sosnowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of InterviewNovember 29, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:16:41
    Camp(s)Gross Rosen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Gross Sarne (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Klettendorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Sakrau (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Waldenburg (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationWaldenberg (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Sam Steinberg

    Biographical Information about Sam Steinberg

    BornSeptember 1, 1928
    Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
    Date of InterviewMarch, 27, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:18:49
    Ghetto(s)Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Flossenbürg (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Blizyn (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated byUnited States armed forces
    Location of LiberationNeunburg vorm Wald (Germany)

     

  • Engelina Billauer

    Biographical Information about Engelina Billauer

    BornJuly 29, 1927
    Berlin, Germany
    Date of InterviewMarch 1, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:30:22
    Camp(s)Bergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Stutthof (Danzig (FC): Concentration Camp)
    Goldfields (Estonia: Concentration Camp)
    Ereda (Estonia: Concentration Camp)
    Jägala (Estonia: Concentration Camp)
    Went into hidingYes
    Other experiencesDisplaced persons camp
    Liberated byBritish armed forces
    Location of LiberationBergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Paula Lebovics

    Biographical Information about Paula Lebovics

    BornSeptember 25, 1933
    Ostrowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of InterviewMarch 16, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview3:12:50
    Ghetto(s)Ostrowiec (Kielce, Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Ostrowiec (Kielce, Poland: Concentration Camp
    Other ExperiencesDisplaced persons camps
    Refugee camps
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location)Ostrowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Types of Hiding PlacesFarms
    Buildings
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationAuschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)

     

  • Fela Gipsman

    Biographical Information about Fela Gipsman

    BornSeptember 5, 1926
    Bedzin, Poland
    Date of InterviewOctober 17, 1994
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview:53:41
    Camp(s)Sosnowitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Blechhammer (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Schatzlar (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationSchatzlar (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Julia Lentini

    Biographical Information about Julia Lentini

    BornApril 15, 1926
    Eisern, Germany
    Date of InterviewNovember 12, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview3:06:32
    Camp(s)Auschwitz ll-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Schlieben (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Joseph Aleksander

    Biographical Information about Joseph Aleksander

    BornAugust 3, 1923
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of InterviewJune 23, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:57:03
    Ghetto(s)Warsaw, Poland
    Camp(s)Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
    Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Majdanek (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other experiencesDisplaced persons camp

     

  • Gerda Klein

    Biographical Information about Gerda Klein

    BornMay 8, 1924
    Bielsko, Poland
    Date of InterviewDecember 7, 1995
    Location of InterviewArizona, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview3:09:23
    Ghetto(s)Bielsko Biala (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Helmsbrechts (German: Concentration Camp)
    Bolkenhain (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Grünberg in Schlesien (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Merzdorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Landeshut (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Sosnowitz-Dulag(Poland: Concentration Camp)
     
    Liberated byUnited States armed forces
    Location of LiberationVolary, Czechoslovakia

     

  • Richard Billauer

    Biographical Information about Richard Billauer

    BornJanuary 1, 1925
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of InterviewMarch 1, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview:50:16
    Other ExperiencesSoviet exile
    Sovkhoz (A state-owned farm in the former Soviet Union)

     

  • Renée Firestone

    Biographical Information about Renée Firestone

    BornApril 13, 1924
    Uzhorod, Czechoslovakia
    Date of InterviewOctober 11, 1994
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:31:36
    Ghetto(s)Uzhorod (Czechoslovakia: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Liebau (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationLiebau (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Franz Wohlfahrt

    Biographical Information about Franz Wohlfahrt

    BornJanuary 18, 1920
    Velden (Unterwinklern, Carinthia), Austria
    Date of InterviewApril, 13, 1997
    Location of InterviewOntario, Canada
    Length of Interview3:13:24
    ArrestedYes
    Camp(s)Dieburg (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesAid giver
    Prisons

     

  • Sally Roisman

    Biographical Information about Sally Roisman

    BornOctober 2, 1930
    Sosnowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of InterviewOctober 23, 1996
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:54:05
    Ghetto(s)Sosnowiec (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Bergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Gräben (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesDisplaced persons camp
    Liberated byBritish armed forces
    Location of LiberationBergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Henry Mikols

    Biographical Information about Henry Mikols

    BornAugust 27, 1925
    Poznan, Poland
    Date of InterviewAugust 22, 2001
    Location of InterviewNew Hampshire, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:20:24
    Camp(s)Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Ellrich (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesCamp medical experiments
    Displaced persons camps

     

  • Michael Zelon

    Biographical Information about Michael Zelon

    BornApril 16, 1922
    Plock, Poland
    Date of InterviewNovember 27, 1998
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:13:54
    Ghetto(s)Bodzentyn (Poland: Ghetto)
    Plock (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Soldau (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Skarzysko-Kamienna (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationTschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)

     

  • Hilda Eisen

    Biographical Information about Hilda Eisen

    BornApril 24, 1917
    Izbica (Lódz, Poland), Russia/Soviet Union
    Date of InterviewJune 18, 2001
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:09:07
    Ghetto(s)Miedzyrzec (Lublin, Poland: Ghetto)
    Went into hidingYes
    Member of underground, resistance or partisan groupYes
    Other experiencesDisplaced persons camp
    Prison escapes
    Roundup evasion
    Resistance group(s)Polish resistance groups
    Jewish resistance groups
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationPoland

     

  • Frances Flumenbaum

    Biographical Information about Frances Flumenbaum

    BornJune 10, 1923
    Slawków, Poland
    Date of InterviewFebruary 4, 1996
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:24:51
    Ghetto(s)Sosnowiec (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Ludwigsdorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Ottmuth (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesDisplaced persons camp
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location)Sosnowiec (Kielce, Poland)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationLudwigsdorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Sonia Berson

    Biographical Information about Sonia Berson

    BornFebruary 20, 1922
    Belchatów, Poland
    Date of InterviewOctober 31, 1994
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:24:40
    Ghetto(s)Lódz, Poland
    Camp(s)Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
    Stutthof (Danzig (FC): Concentration Camp)
    Putzig (Danzig (FC): Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces

     

  • Regina Lewin

    Biographical Information about Regina Lewin

    BornOctober 3, 1927
    Bedzin, Poland
    Date of InterviewJanuary 27, 1995
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:32:06
    Ghetto(s)Bedzin (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Dunkelthal (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Ober Altstadt (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationOber Altstadt (Czechoslovakia, Concentration Camp)

     

  • Vladka Meed

    Biographical Information about Vladka Meed

    BornJanuary 1, 1922
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of InterviewMay 15, 1996
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:19:46
    Ghetto(s)Warsaw, Poland
    Went into hidingYes
    Member of underground, resistance or partisan groupYes
    Other experiencesIdentity concealment (Poland)
    Types of hiding placesForests
    Resistance Group(s)Zydowská Orgánizacjá Bojówa
    Tsukunft
    Jewish Coordination Committee (Warsaw)
    Liberated bySoviet Armed Forces

     

  • Leopold Page

    Biographical Information about Leopold Page

    BornMarch 20, 1913
    Cracow, Poland (Austria-Hungary)
    Date of InterviewNovember 6, 1994
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview2:29:38
    Ghetto(s)Cracow (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Brünnlitz (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Gross Rosen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Krakau-Plaszow (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesSchindler’s List
    Transfer escapes
    Hiding
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces
    Location of LiberationBrünnlitz (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Natan Gipsman

    Biographical Information about Natan Gipsman

    BornJanuary 19, 1925
    Hindenburg (Upper Silesia, Prussia), Germany
    Date of InterviewOctober 17, 1994
    Location of InterviewCalifornia, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview1:52:35
    Ghetto(s)Bedzin (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s)Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Schönebeck (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Gross Rosen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Blechhammer (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Sackenhoym (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Sakrau (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other ExperiencesHiding
    Displaced persons camps
    Prisons
    Forced march escapes
    Types of Hiding PlacesBarns
    Liberated bySoviet armed forces