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Sophie L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-424) interviewed by Arnold Band and Florabel Kinsler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-424

Videotape testimony of Sophie L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1921. She recalls her family's Zionist beliefs; membership in Betar; her older brother's emigration to Palestine in 1938; attending a Jabotinsky lecture; German invasion; being drafted as a nurse into the Polish army; returning to Łódź; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; her father's death from starvation; deportation of her mother and two sisters (she never saw them again); watching children being thrown to the pavement from the fourth story during a round-up; working as a ghetto administrator; joining the underground; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; appells, selections, and slave labor; transfer to Ravensbrüzck, then Müphlhausen; and liberation by British troops from Bergen-Belsen. Mrs. L. describes moving to Hannover; attending a Zionist meeting in Bergen-Belsen; reunion with her brother, who was in the Jewish brigade; marriage; emigration to Palestine in 1946; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1951. She discusses the importance of luck and coincidence to her survival; reluctance to share her experiences with her children; her nightmares; the importance of being socially active; her involvement in Holocaust survivors' groups; and her attachment to Israel.

Author/Creator
L., Sophie, 1921-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
October 16, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sophie L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-424). 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/1100246
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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