Sylvia K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1425) interviewed by Irene Wasserkrug and Estelle Kandel
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 11, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sylvia K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1425). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sylvia K., who was born in Smorgonʹ, Belarus (then Poland) and raised in Oshmyany. She recalls teaching kindergarten in Vilna; returning to Oshmyany; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; the mass murder of Jewish men and boys, including her husband; ghettoization; her mother's deportation; transfer in 1943 with her sister, aunt and their children to several labor camps, then to Palemonas; a round-up of all children, including her daughter; transfer to the Kovno ghetto, then Stutthof; forced labor at several camps; sharing her clothes with her sister; and liberation by Soviet troops in 1944. She recounts working for the Soviets; traveling to Łódź; an extended hospitalization in Munich; marriage to her aunt's husband; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. K. details many incidents of life in ghettos and concentration camps.