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Lola S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1201) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Linda Pasternak,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1201

Videotape testimony of Lola S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. She recalls her childhood in a Jewish neighborhood; her father's prewar death; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; her sisters' deportations (one of whom she never saw again); her older brothers' deportations (she never saw them again); her mother's death; forced labor and starvation; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; reunion with her sister who had learned of the Łódź ghetto transport from an SS woman who frequently helped her; receiving extra food from her sister; transfer with her sister to Bergen-Belsen; starvation, appells, and selections; assignment to kitchen work due to the intervention of her sister's friend; her sister's assistance after a severe beating by a blockaltester (she still suffers effects); and liberation by British troops. Mrs. S. describes living with her sister in a nearby town; her sister's marriage; their move to Waging am See; her marriage; moving again; her son's birth; locating her husband's relatives in the United States; and emigration to the United States. She discusses the importance of her sister to her survival and shows photographs of her children and their families.

S., Lola, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
May 7, 1989.
Łódź (Poland)
Waging am See (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lola S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1201). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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