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Lilly T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-965) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Lisa Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-965

Videotape testimony of Lilly T., who was born in Szikszó, Hungary in 1930. Mrs. T. details her family history; their comfortable and assimilated lifestyle; arrival of Jewish refugees from 1938 onward; anti-Jewish regulations; her older brother's resistance efforts; and deportation with her family to Koŝice, then Auschwitz. She recounts immediate separation from her family; transfer to Birkenau; her sense that she grew up immediately; inclusion with a group of children; escape from that group with the assistance of a Wehrmacht soldier; transport to Estonia; slave labor cutting wood; receiving food from the Wehrmacht soldier; a death march two months later; transfer by boat to Stutthof, then to Hamburg; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; witnessing a mass killing; assignment to a burial detail (her worst memory); liberation by British troops; and General Montgomery's orders to imprison the camp guards. She describes British organization of prisoner recuperation; learning her entire family had been killed; life in displaced persons camps including Feldafing and Leipheim; emigration to Canada with other orphans in 1948, then to the United States. Mrs. T. discusses her marriages, child rearing, many specific atrocities she witnessed or experienced, and her ability to cope with tragedies.

Author/Creator
T., Lilly, 1930-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 23, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lilly T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-965). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.