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Pearl N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2325) interviewed by Raya C. Schapiro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2325

Videotape testimony of Pearl N., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1919 and raised in Sokołów Podlaski. She recounts a sheltered childhood in a rabbinic family (her grandfather was Rabbi Yitzhak Zelig); pervasive antisemitism; German bombardment in September 1939; fleeing to a farm; returning home; the two-week Soviet occupation; transfer to German sovereignty; ghettoization in 1941; hiding her grandfather's library and religious objects; working in a labor camp with her brother; paying a Pole to bring her mother and sister there; sharing food with them; volunteering to work on a farm outside the camp; obtaining false papers from a Pole; learning of the ghetto's liquidation in February 1943 (she never saw her family again); hiding with assistance from a Polish woman; working as a maid, posing as non-Jew; living in Warsaw; volunteering as a Pole for slave labor in Germany; working on a German farm; liberation by Soviet troops; and returning to Poland. Mrs. N. discusses lack of acceptance and interest when she first came to the United States, and continuing to wake up wondering why she survived and so many others were killed.

Author/Creator
N., Pearl, 1919-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
Interview Date
October 4, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pearl N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2325). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287354
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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