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Clara C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2084) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2084

Videotape testimony of Clara C., who was born in Stryĭ, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1922. She recalls non-Jewish friends; studying in Kraków in 1936; becoming engaged; Soviet occupation; traveling with false papers to her fiancé's parents' in Nowy Targ via Tarnów; staying with her fiancé's sister; narrowly avoiding arrest (her brother-in-law and a woman were killed by Germans); briefly staying in Wiśnicz and Kraków; moving to the Bochnia ghetto in 1941; arrest while attempting to escape; bribery which resulted in her release; traveling to Kraków as a non-Jew; smuggling herself into Slovakia; reunion with her fiancé in Kežmarok; marriage in July 1943 in Bratislava; her husband's rescue of many Jewish children; hiding separately from her husband with a woman who knew she was Jewish; liberation by Soviet troops in April 1945; reunion with her husband (neither her parents nor four brothers survived); and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mrs. C. discusses her son's interest in the Holocaust and in her experiences in particular; her and her husband's reluctance to discuss their experiences; and recent willingness of others to talk about the Holocaust.

C., Clara, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
June 16, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clara C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2084). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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