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Lena A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1934) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1934

Videotape testimony of Lena A., who was born in Zboriv, Poland (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1929. She recalls attending Hebrew and Polish schools; holidays and sabbaths with a large, extended family; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; seeing puddles of blood after a mass killing of men, for which her father, uncle, and brother were not taken; ghettoization; learning through a friend in the Judenrat of the final liquidation; being hidden in her mother's bed when her family was moved to the Zboriv labor camp; learning her younger sister and grandmother were not hidden as her parents had arranged; her mother arranging for a Polish man who was hiding her uncle and family to smuggle her out to join them, first in a barn, then a potato cellar; separation from two of the nine when changing hiding places (they were killed); liberation by Soviet troops after about a year; attending school in Kraków for a year; assistance from UNRRA; living in displaced persons camps (one near Munich); emigration by herself to the United States; living with relatives; attending school; and several careers. Ms. A. notes not discussing her horrors for years; painful memories; helping the Polish family who saved them; and their recognition by Yad Vashem. She shows photographs

Author/Creator
A., Lena, 1929?-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1991
Interview Date
November 25, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lena A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1934). 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/4285215
Record last modified: 2014-11-14 12:29:00
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