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Lola P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2937) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2937

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.

Author/Creator
P., Lola, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 31, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.