Lena A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1934) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 25, 1991.
- 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.
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