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)

Born January 12, 1923
Lódz, Poland
Date of Interview February 5, 1996
Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
Length of Interview 1:16:02
Camp(s)
Liberated by Soviet armed forces
Location of Liberation Neustadt-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)

    Born January 12, 1923
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of Interview February 5, 1996
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:16:02
    Camp(s)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Neustadt-Glewe (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Barbara Gerson

    Biographical Information about Barbara Gerson

    Born May 30, 1924
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of Interview December 4, 1997
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:29:15
    Ghetto(s) Czestochowa (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Other experiences War crimes trial participant
    Identity concealment
    Displaced persons camps
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location) Poland
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Ralph Fischer

    Biographical Information about Ralph Fischer

    Born November 28, 1922
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of Interview February 5, 1996
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:14:43
    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 by United States armed forces
    Location of Liberation Ebensee (Austria: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Jack Lewin

    Biographical Information about Jack Lewin

    Born April 13, 1927
    Lódz, Poland
    Date of Interview January 27, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:56:35
    Ghetto(s) Lódz (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Trzebinia (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Hiding
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)

     

  • Henry Wellner

    Biographical Information about Henry Wellner

    Born February 16, 1920
    Sosnowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of Interview November 29, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:16:41
    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 by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Waldenberg (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Sam Steinberg

    Biographical Information about Sam Steinberg

    Born September 1, 1928
    Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
    Date of Interview March, 27, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:18:49
    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 by United States armed forces
    Location of Liberation Neunburg vorm Wald (Germany)

     

  • Engelina Billauer

    Biographical Information about Engelina Billauer

    Born July 29, 1927
    Berlin, Germany
    Date of Interview March 1, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:30:22
    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 hiding Yes
    Other experiences Displaced persons camp
    Liberated by British armed forces
    Location of Liberation Bergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Paula Lebovics

    Biographical Information about Paula Lebovics

    Born September 25, 1933
    Ostrowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of Interview March 16, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 3:12:50
    Ghetto(s) Ostrowiec (Kielce, Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Ostrowiec (Kielce, Poland: Concentration Camp
    Other Experiences Displaced persons camps
    Refugee camps
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location) Ostrowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Types of Hiding Places Farms
    Buildings
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)

     

  • Fela Gipsman

    Biographical Information about Fela Gipsman

    Born September 5, 1926
    Bedzin, Poland
    Date of Interview October 17, 1994
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview :53:41
    Camp(s) Sosnowitz (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
    Blechhammer (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Schatzlar (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Schatzlar (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Julia Lentini

    Biographical Information about Julia Lentini

    Born April 15, 1926
    Eisern, Germany
    Date of Interview November 12, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 3:06:32
    Camp(s) Auschwitz ll-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Schlieben (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Joseph Aleksander

    Biographical Information about Joseph Aleksander

    Born August 3, 1923
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of Interview June 23, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:57:03
    Ghetto(s) Warsaw, Poland
    Camp(s) Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
    Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Majdanek (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other experiences Displaced persons camp

     

  • Gerda Klein

    Biographical Information about Gerda Klein

    Born May 8, 1924
    Bielsko, Poland
    Date of Interview December 7, 1995
    Location of Interview Arizona, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 3:09:23
    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 by United States armed forces
    Location of Liberation Volary, Czechoslovakia

     

  • Richard Billauer

    Biographical Information about Richard Billauer

    Born January 1, 1925
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of Interview March 1, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview :50:16
    Other Experiences Soviet exile
    Sovkhoz (A state-owned farm in the former Soviet Union)

     

  • Renée Firestone

    Biographical Information about Renée Firestone

    Born April 13, 1924
    Uzhorod, Czechoslovakia
    Date of Interview October 11, 1994
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:31:36
    Ghetto(s) Uzhorod (Czechoslovakia: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland: Death Camp)
    Liebau (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Liebau (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Franz Wohlfahrt

    Biographical Information about Franz Wohlfahrt

    Born January 18, 1920
    Velden (Unterwinklern, Carinthia), Austria
    Date of Interview April, 13, 1997
    Location of Interview Ontario, Canada
    Length of Interview 3:13:24
    Arrested Yes
    Camp(s) Dieburg (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Aid giver
    Prisons

     

  • Sally Roisman

    Biographical Information about Sally Roisman

    Born October 2, 1930
    Sosnowiec (Kielce), Poland
    Date of Interview October 23, 1996
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:54:05
    Ghetto(s) Sosnowiec (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Bergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Gräben (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Displaced persons camp
    Liberated by British armed forces
    Location of Liberation Bergen-Belsen (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Henry Mikols

    Biographical Information about Henry Mikols

    Born August 27, 1925
    Poznan, Poland
    Date of Interview August 22, 2001
    Location of Interview New Hampshire, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:20:24
    Camp(s) Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Ellrich (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Camp medical experiments
    Displaced persons camps

     

  • Michael Zelon

    Biographical Information about Michael Zelon

    Born April 16, 1922
    Plock, Poland
    Date of Interview November 27, 1998
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:13:54
    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 by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)

     

  • Hilda Eisen

    Biographical Information about Hilda Eisen

    Born April 24, 1917
    Izbica (Lódz, Poland), Russia/Soviet Union
    Date of Interview June 18, 2001
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:09:07
    Ghetto(s) Miedzyrzec (Lublin, Poland: Ghetto)
    Went into hiding Yes
    Member of underground, resistance or partisan group Yes
    Other experiences Displaced persons camp
    Prison escapes
    Roundup evasion
    Resistance group(s) Polish resistance groups
    Jewish resistance groups
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Poland

     

  • Frances Flumenbaum

    Biographical Information about Frances Flumenbaum

    Born June 10, 1923
    Slawków, Poland
    Date of Interview February 4, 1996
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:24:51
    Ghetto(s) Sosnowiec (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Ludwigsdorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Ottmuth (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Displaced persons camp
    Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location) Sosnowiec (Kielce, Poland)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Ludwigsdorf (Germany: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Sonia Berson

    Biographical Information about Sonia Berson

    Born February 20, 1922
    Belchatów, Poland
    Date of Interview October 31, 1994
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:24:40
    Ghetto(s) Lódz, Poland
    Camp(s) Auschwitz (Poland: Concentration Camp)(generic)
    Stutthof (Danzig (FC): Concentration Camp)
    Putzig (Danzig (FC): Concentration Camp)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces

     

  • Regina Lewin

    Biographical Information about Regina Lewin

    Born October 3, 1927
    Bedzin, Poland
    Date of Interview January 27, 1995
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:32:06
    Ghetto(s) Bedzin (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Dunkelthal (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Ober Altstadt (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Ober Altstadt (Czechoslovakia, Concentration Camp)

     

  • Vladka Meed

    Biographical Information about Vladka Meed

    Born January 1, 1922
    Warsaw, Poland
    Date of Interview May 15, 1996
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:19:46
    Ghetto(s) Warsaw, Poland
    Went into hiding Yes
    Member of underground, resistance or partisan group Yes
    Other experiences Identity concealment (Poland)
    Types of hiding places Forests
    Resistance Group(s) Zydowská Orgánizacjá Bojówa
    Tsukunft
    Jewish Coordination Committee (Warsaw)
    Liberated by Soviet Armed Forces

     

  • Leopold Page

    Biographical Information about Leopold Page

    Born March 20, 1913
    Cracow, Poland (Austria-Hungary)
    Date of Interview November 6, 1994
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 2:29:38
    Ghetto(s) Cracow (Poland: Ghetto)
    Camp(s) Brünnlitz (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)
    Gross Rosen (Germany: Concentration Camp)
    Krakau-Plaszow (Poland: Concentration Camp)
    Other Experiences Schindler’s List
    Transfer escapes
    Hiding
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces
    Location of Liberation Brünnlitz (Czechoslovakia: Concentration Camp)

     

  • Natan Gipsman

    Biographical Information about Natan Gipsman

    Born January 19, 1925
    Hindenburg (Upper Silesia, Prussia), Germany
    Date of Interview October 17, 1994
    Location of Interview California, U.S.A.
    Length of Interview 1:52:35
    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 Experiences Hiding
    Displaced persons camps
    Prisons
    Forced march escapes
    Types of Hiding Places Barns
    Liberated by Soviet armed forces