Lola P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2937) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 31, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lola P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2937). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lola P., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924, one of seven children. She describes her family's orthodoxy and scholarship; taking in German-Jewish refugees; her parents' disbelief that anything would happen to them; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; her older sister escaping to Russia; ghettoization; forced labor, crowding, and starvation; her father's death in 1942; her brother's and sister's disappearance when the Jewish hospital was liquidated; hiding with her mother and younger sister during round-ups; Germans finding them; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; separation from her family (she never saw them again); selections; transfer to Oederan in October; forced labor at an ammunition factory; evacuation by train to Theresienstadt in March 1945; liberation by Soviet troops in May; a long hospitalization; learning none of her family had survived; marriage in Landsberg displaced persons camp; moving to Munich in 1947; the birth of her children; and emigration in 1951 to the United States. Mrs. P. discusses details of ghetto and camp life; her thoughts in concentration camps; reunion with her sister in 1963; increasing tension from her burdensome memories; and sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren.