Lilly L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2767) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer
- Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- July 19, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lilly L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2767). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lilly L., a Romani, who was raised in Berlin in a family of fifteen children. She recalls her father working in the post office and her mother in a store; her father's German military service; one brother working as a policeman; Nazi anti-Romani restrictions, including her expulsion from school; her sister's deportation to Ravensbrück; deportation with her remaining family to Auschwitz in 1943 following an examination by "race scientists"; her father's murder during the transport; selection of her mother and eight siblings for death upon arrival; selections in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); public executions of captured escapees; transfer to Ravensbrück; beatings and slave labor; transfer to Schlieben; slave labor in a munitions factory; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. L. describes searching for relatives; reunion with her surviving siblings; marriage to another survivor; reluctance to share her experiences with her children because it is too painful for her; continuing hostility to Romanies in Germany; her own German identity; and her belief that the Romani lifestyle must change because of Neo-Nazism. She notes she cannot discuss details of the camps because it is too painful.