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Ketty L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-926) interviewed by Ted Zinnreich and Phyllis Braverman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-926

Videotape testimony of Ketty L., who was born in Athens, Greece in 1915. She recalls the deaths of her mother and stepmother; attending a French convent school; marriage; the births of two sons; benign Italian occupation in spring 1941; German invasion in 1943; hiding to avoid round-ups; leaving valuables with non-Jewish friends (they returned them after the war), who also offered to hide her sons; refusing to separate from her children; her husband obtaining Portuguese identity papers which they thought protected them; arrest on March 19, 1944; incarceration in Haidari; placement on a train; Red Cross workers throwing them food; transfer to Bergen-Belsen (most of the transport went to Auschwitz and perished); her sons staying with her when men and women were separated; believing they would not survive; a Hungarian prisoner predicting they would survive which gave her hope; a brief death march to an evacuation train in April 1945; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in Hillersleben; traveling to Paris, then Marseille; three week detention in Italy en route to Athens in fall 1945; difficulties reclaiming their house; and emigrating to the United States in 1951. Mrs. L. notes one son's reluctance to discuss his experiences. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
L., Ketty, 1915-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
Interview Date
March 22, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ketty L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-926). 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/4282642
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