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Aviva U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1077) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Raphael Rosner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1077

Videotape testimony of Aviva U., who was born in Warsaw, Poland after her father's death. She recalls attending a Polish school, the only Jew in a quota; staying with her grandparents in Otwock; German invasion; returning to Warsaw; ghettoization; attending school; escaping a mass killing when her mother's body knocked her down and she feigned death; obtaining false papers from her mother's friend; escaping from the ghetto; posing as a Russian refugee; exposure by a Jew; denying her Judaism under torture; a priest attesting she was Catholic; transport to Germany for forced labor; working for a village mayor from 1943 to 1945; arrival of Soviet troops; joining the Soviet army to take revenge; working as a translator in Berlin; identifying collaborators who were immediately hung; deserting; returning to Warsaw and Otwock; returning to Germany due to Polish antisemitism; suffering from mental illness; studying in Munich; marriage; her daughter's birth; and their emigration to Israel in 1948. Mrs. U. discusses difficulties having her experiences heard in Israel; problematic relations with her daughter; the meaning of revenge in her life; and contemporary Israeli politics. She notes only now in Israel is the individual Holocaust experience valued apart from the collective Jewish experience.

Author/Creator
U., Aviva.
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
August 31, 1984.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Germany
Warsaw (Poland)
Otwock (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Israel
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aviva U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1077). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283177
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:54:00
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