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Eva T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-953) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Lisa Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-953

Videotape testimony of Eva T., who was born in 1925 in Zgierz, Poland. She recalls German invasion in 1939; her father's arrest and release after a severe beating; expulsion from their home; living with her paternal grandfather in Łódź; moving to Warsaw after being warned by her father's German friend; her father's return to Zgierz with Mrs. T's brother and sister; working in a brush factory to earn food for her family; her mother's death from starvation; her siblings' disappearance (she never saw any of them again); attempts to avoid deportation; and transport to Majdanek. Mrs. T. describes hangings and shootings; cruelty inflicted by a kapo; transfer to a marmalade factory; burning bodies at a nearby site; efforts to save a baby; transfer to Auschwitz; a prisoner helping her escape selection; exchanging names with her best friend to avoid separation; transfer to Bergen-Belsen, Aschersleben and Terezín; and liberation by Soviet troops in May. She details traveling to Łódź with her friend; living with relatives; attending Zionist meetings; traveling to Munich; marriage to another survivor; and her son's birth. She discusses her recent visit to Zgierz and testifying at war crimes trials in Germany.

Author/Creator
T., Eva, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-953). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.