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Lily C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2567) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2567

Videotape testimony of Lily C., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1925. She recalls her affluent and secular home; the Anschluss; her father's refusal to emigrate; his arrest on Kristallnacht and release due to his Czech citizenship; obtaining Hungarian citizenship; their move to Budapest in May 1940; becoming a milliner's apprentice; strained finances; German occupation; a forced move into designated Jewish housing; her father's arrest (she never saw him again); her own arrest; internment in a brick factory; starvation and exposure during a forced march; escape with two friends; hiding with a Bulgarian gardener; denunciation; transfer to the Győr ghetto; their escape with help from a Hungarian woman; traveling to Budapest; staying with family friends; obtaining false papers; living in the streets; hiding with a soldier's family; disguising herself as a Christian; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her mother; working for the Joint; marriage; living in Ottawa (her husband was a Polish diplomat); her son's birth in 1948; her husband's death; living in the United States; and remarriage to a non-Jew. Mrs. C. discusses her son's reluctance to hear about her experiences and her sense of being European, very different from American Jews.

Author/Creator
C., Lily, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 9, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lily C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2567). 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/4288191
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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