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Tamara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1665) interviewed by Louis Rosenblum and Lya Rosenblum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1665

Videotape testimony of Tamara K., who was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1922 and raised in Seirijai, Lithuania. She describes her family's strong Zionist commitment; school quotas due to antisemitism; being sent to Kaunas to attend school; German invasion in 1941; mass killings; ghettoization; losing contact with her family; living with her fiancé's parents; exemption from forced labor and receiving extra food because her fiancé was in the Jewish police; deportation to Stutthof in June 1944 (she never saw her fiancé or family again); starvation and cold leading to her wish to die; evacuation by boat to Kiel in spring 1945; liberation by British troops; transfer to a hospital in Itzehoe, then Sankt Ottilien; moving to Munich; working for a Zionist organization; hearing from her uncles in the United States; emigration to join them; and marriage to a man she had met in Munich. She discusses her depression and fear in the ghetto and camps, and learning how her family was killed.

Author/Creator
K., Tamara, 1922-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
November 18,1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tamara K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1665). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.