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Celia K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-970) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-970

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Celia K., whose first testimony was recorded in 1980. Ms. K. notes she had difficulty focusing during her first interview. She recalls reading, and thinking only about food while hidden in the hole; her sister's experiences prior to joining her in hiding; never crying during the war; a suicide attempt in Łódź after the war; seeking psychological help for herself and her son in the United States; believing no therapist understood her; isolation from the community; wishing she were closer to her brothers in Israel; the risks the farmer who hid her took and regrets she did not help him and his family more after the war when he looked for her in Łódź (her husband compelled her to hide from him); believing her emotional life ceased when she left her family in the ghetto; her attachment to her gun as a partisan; the exhilaration of successful partisan missions; inability to execute a captured German soldier, despite having killed many in other partisan operations; continuing hostility toward Poles and Ukrainians; her traumatic memory of cousins being burned alive in a synagogue; and her frustration at never having gone back to school.

K., Celia, 1923-1994.
New Haven, Conn : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library, 1987
Interview Date
October 17, 1987.
Pastavy (Belarus)
Hlybokae (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celia K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-970). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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