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Celina M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2019) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2019

Videotape testimony of Celina M., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. She recalls her father's prominence in Yiddish theater; playing children's roles in the theater; participating in Hakoah; antisemitism, particularly on Poland's constitution day; German invasion; moving with her family to Warsaw; ghettoization; food shortages and round-ups; her mother's escape using false papers; arrest and imprisonment trying to follow her mother; release; escaping with paid smugglers (she never saw her father or sister again); joining her mother near Lublin; working on a farm in Wolica Brzozowa; friendship with one daughter; their departure when it became too dangerous; moving from place to place in the forest; hiding on another farm; refusing to let her mother surrender; posing as Christians (her mother posed as a mute to hide her Jewish accent), and moving from village to village, working on farms; avoiding Polish Home Army officers; participating in Catholic services; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Łódź via Zamość; moving to Feldafing; their emigration to the United States; and marriage. Mrs. M. discusses visiting her sister's and father's death-sites in Poland; a strong emotional response when her husband led prayers in Warsaw; recounting her experiences to her son; and close relations with fellow survivors.

M., Celina, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Łódź (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Wolica Brzozowa (Poland)
Zamość (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celina M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2019). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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