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Clara P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-982) interviewed by Lisa Kaplan and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-982

Videotape testimony of Clara P., who was born in Li︠u︡bomlʹ, Ukraine in 1916, one of six children. She recalls her father's death when she was seven; her family's extreme poverty; working from age fourteen onward; marrying in 1938; her son's birth in 1939; Soviet occupation; German invasion; round-ups and mass murders; ghettoization; a non-Jewish acquaintance bringing them food; hiding during a 1942 aktion when her mother was killed and her son taken; and escaping into the forest with her husband and others. Mrs. P. recounts many experiences from two years of hiding, emphasizing the difficult conditions; attacks by Ukrainians who killed four in their group; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; returning home with her husband; working for the Soviets; moving to Chełm; escaping to Germany in 1946 after a pogrom in Poland; living in the Wetzlar displaced persons camp; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. She discusses her husband's death; remarriage to a Sobibór survivor; her son's reluctance to hear about the war years; and her nightmares and depression. Throughout the testimony Mrs. P. emphasizes the extreme deprivation and hardship she endured and her own disbelief that she survived these conditions.

Author/Creator
P., Clara, 1916-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 9, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clara P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-982). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058041
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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