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Lola L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2766) interviewed by Mitzi Zerivitz and Estelle Kandel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2766

Videotape testimony of Lola L., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1924. She recalls living with her family in a Jewish section; membership in Betar, a Zionist youth movement; constant fear of antisemitic incidents; German invasion in 1939; an unsuccessful attempt to flee with her family; anti-Jewish measures; the role of the Judenrat; her mother's brief imprisonment in Będzin; public hangings, selections and deportations; her deportation to Schatzlar in 1942 (she never saw her family again); slave labor, starvation and selections; learning of mass extermination from the inmates deported to Schatzlar from Auschwitz; digging trenches in 1945; disappearance of German guards; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. L. relates traveling to Reichenbach; returning to Sosnowiec to look for her younger brother; illegally traveling to Germany; living in Feldafing, then Freising; attending an UNRRA school; reunion with her brother; marriage and her daughter's birth in 1947; emigration to the United States in 1949; adjusting to a new life; and assistance from HIAS. She notes her reluctance to discuss the war years with her children when they were young; a survivor group to which she and her husband belong; and dreams about her family.

L., Lola, 1924-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
Interview Date
April 17, 1994.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Reichenbach an der Fils (Germany)
Freising (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lola L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2766). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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