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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2449

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    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)
    Cite As
    Cyla D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2449). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    McPherson, Barbara, interviewer.
    Maier, Jody, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 9 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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