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Sonia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2298) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Nancy Freed,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2298

Videotape testimony of Sonia P., who was born in Panevėžys, Lithuania in 1925. She recalls her Orthodox family background; attending Hebrew day school; helping in the family store in Troskunai; Soviet occupation; living with her brother while learning bookkeeping in Kovno; German occupation; learning her family perished in a mass murder; ghettoization; her brother's murder; forced labor at the airport; working two shifts to enable her sister-in-law to care for her niece; selections and killings; arranging, with others, for her niece to be hidden by non-Jews; forced labor with her sister-in-law in Kauen-Schanzen; witnessing the round-up of all children; deportation to a concentration camp with her sister and sister-in-law; transfers to several camps; and liberation in March 1945. Mrs. P. describes deciding not to return to Lithuania; working as an interpreter for the Soviets; fleeing with friends to Stettin; reunion with her sister-in-law and niece in Munich; working in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA in contacting her aunt in South Africa; emigrating, with assistance from HIAS, to South Africa via Paris in 1947; marriage in 1950; and her children's births. She discusses her faith and reluctance to share her experiences with her children.

Author/Creator
P., Sonia, 1925-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
May 3, 1991.
Locale
Lithuania
Kaunas
Panevėžys (Lithuania)
Troškūnai (Lithuania)
South Africa
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Szczecin (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Paris (France)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sonia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2298). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.