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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1077

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    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.
    U., Aviva.
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
    Interview Date
    August 31, 1984.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Otwock (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Aviva U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1077). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Beyrak, Nathan, interviewer.
    Rozner, Raphael, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    False papers.
    Postwar effects.

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