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Terry D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1157) interviewed by Barbara Levitt and Steven Gonzer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1157

Videotape testimony of Terry D., who was born in Przemyśl, Poland in 1925. She recounts her father's death; her mother's remarriage; moving to Brzostek; antisemitic violence and discrimination; German invasion; help from Germans, who mistook her family for non-Jews; anti-Jewish measures, including forced labor; her step-father's suicide after his arrest; disbelief when Austrian soldiers warned them all Jews would be killed; declining to be hidden by an Austrian soldier; escaping to a forest during a round-up in August 1941; being smuggled with her mother into the Dębica ghetto by a non-Jew; obtaining false papers; escaping with her friend Ruth and posing as Polish workers; transport to Kraków, then Germany; forced labor at I. G. Farben; constant fear of being revealed as a Jew; discovering other Jews posing as Poles; liberation by United States troops; celebrating Passover with an American Jewish chaplain; working for the Red Cross in Heidelberg; a futile search for relatives; translating for a de-Nazification unit; identifying a Nazi she recognized from Brzostek; and emigrating to the United States in 1946 to join an uncle. Mrs. D. discusses her continuing, close relationship with Ruth, and her pervasive sense of loss. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
D., Terry, 1925-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
February 12, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Terry D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1157). 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/4283386
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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