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Cyla S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2224) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2224

Videotape testimony of Cyla S., who was born in a Polish/Ukrainian village in 1927. She recounts living with her grandmother in Buchach to attend school with her brother; antisemitic violence against her parents; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; her father's beating by Ukrainian police; hiding with a non-Jewish family; moving with her parents and brother to Tovste; her father's disappearance during a mass killing; her mother's disappearance; hiding with her brother in a bunker; paying a local farmer for food and protection; brief separation from her brother; attack and retreat of Soviet forces; hiding with a non-Jewish family; liberation by Soviet troops; her brother's military draft; moving to Chernivt︠s︡y, then Chortkiv; suffering from tuberculosis; moving with her boyfriend to Gliwice, then Wrocław; marriage; her son's birth; a pogrom; smuggling themselves to Vienna; living in Ebensee, Eichstätt, Giebelstadt, and Lechfeld displaced persons camps; working for ORT; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; and emigrating to the United States with help from HIAS. Ms. S. discusses great hardships she suffered; reluctance to share her experiences with her children; learning in 1960 that her brother was alive in the Soviet Union; visiting him; and his refusal to join her. She shows photographs.

S., Cyla, 1927-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
November 3, 1992.
Buchach (Ukraine)
Tovste (Ternopilʹsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Chortkiv (Ukraine)
Gliwice (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Vienna (Austria)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cyla S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2224). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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