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Cyla D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2449) interviewed by Jody Maier and Barbara McPherson,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2449

Videotape testimony of Cyla D., who was born in Drohobych, Ukraine (then Poland), in 1915, the youngest of six children of an oil well owner. Mrs. D. describes a happy childhood; her musical education; living with her sister in Stryĭ when the war began; Soviet occupation; marriage to an attorney in 1940; her daughter's birth in 1941; German invasion; her mother being taken in the first round-up (she later learned she was killed); her father committing suicide; giving birth while hiding with her husband in Boryslav (the baby could not be saved); numerous instances of assistance from her father's Polish business acquaintances in several hiding places; arranging a separate hiding place for her daughter; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. D. relates her husband's Zionism; their arrest by the Soviets; release after two months; emigration to Israel, then Canada and the United States; difficulties since her husband could not practice law; teaching piano; her daughter's emigration to Israel; and her grandchildren's professions. Mrs. D. reviews vivid details of life in hiding and beautiful memories of her siblings.

D., Cyla, 1915-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1993
Interview Date
October 31, 1993.
Drohobych (Ukraine)
Stryĭ (Ukraine)
Boryslav (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cyla D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2449). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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