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Lilly W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1283) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Sergio Rothstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1283

Videotape testimony of Lilly W., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1922. She recalls a happy childhood as one of seven children; Hungarian occupation; prohibition of Jewish business licenses, including her father's; ghettoization; transfer to a brick factory for a few weeks; deportation to Auschwitz in April 1944; selection with her two sisters (she never saw her parents again); seeing two brothers for one last time; a brief stay in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); helping her younger sister eat; their transfer to Torgau in the fall; slave labor in an ammunition factory; liberation by Soviet troops; joining United States troops to avoid rape by Soviets; a few days in a nearby town; moving to Leipzig; a brief visit home via Prague and Budapest; meeting her husband in Budapest; living in Nuremberg for four years; and emigrating to the United States. Mrs. W. notes the importance of sharing her memories with her children. She shows photographs and documents.

W., Lilly, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 12, 1989.
Budapest (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Leipzig (Germany)
Nuremberg (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lilly W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1283). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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