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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1934

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    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
    A., Lena, 1929?-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1991
    Interview Date
    November 25, 1991.
    Zboriv (Ukraine)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Lena A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1934). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pery, Jaschael, interviewer.
    Related material: Lucille M. Holocaust testimony [cousin] (HVT-1933), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 13 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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