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Lala F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1676) interviewed by Raya C. Schapiro and Elsa Roth

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1676

Videotape testimony of Lala F., who was born in Kamʹi︠a︡net︠s︡ʹ-Podilʹsʹkyi︡, Russia in 1922. She recalls her family fleeing from the Bolsheviks to Lwów, Poland; attending a private school; her sister's birth in 1931; Soviet occupation; her mother assisting Jewish refugees from Poland; her brother's draft into the Soviet army; her father's disappearance during a round-up; refusing to move into the ghetto; obtaining a work permit; arrest during a round-up; escaping from Janowska (she later learned that her father saw her there); obtaining false papers for her mother, sister, brother's girlfriend, and herself; leaving Lwów together; their arrest in Sambor; her release after she asserted her non-Jewish identity (she never saw her mother and sister again); registering as a non-Jew in Kraków; arrest; release due to her insistence she was not Jewish; moving to Katowice, then Radom; liberation in Katowice; contacting her uncle and brother; still fearing to admit her Jewishness; assistance from the Joint in Kassel displaced persons camp; marriage to a Joint employee; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. F. attributes her survival to luck and her aggressiveness.

Author/Creator
F., Lala, 1922-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1991
Interview Date
January 20, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lala F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1676). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.