Celina L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2930) interviewed by Marianne Kador and Edith Bayme
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Celina L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2930). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Celina L., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1918. She describes growing up in an affluent family in Siedlce; her younger sister's death in 1937; graduating from gymnasium; working as a legal assistant; German invasion in September 1939; the destruction of their home in a German bombardment during which her mother was killed; her father's imprisonment; bribing a guard to effect his escape; fleeing with her father to Siemiatycze, then Stolbt︠s︡y (Stoŭbtsy) in the Soviet zone; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor; being hidden by a German during a round-up; her father being killed; escaping with a woman and a group of boys; joining Jewish partisans; hiding in the forests for three years; sabotaging German rail transports; obtaining supplies from Soviets; constantly moving to avoid capture; suspecting Armia Krajowa members of killing several Jewish partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; revenge taken on Germans and collaborators; meeting a man from her town, whom she married; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. L. discusses painful psychological adjustments after the war; her sense that "it was never over" for survivors; and sharing her story with her grandchildren. She shows photographs.