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Celina L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3035) interviewed by Sandy Hayden,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3035

Videotape testimony of Celina L., who was born in Zbaraz︠h︡, Poland in 1931. She recalls her family's Zionist commitment; her father's military career; German invasion; Soviet occupation; fleeing to L'viv with her parents in 1940 to avoid Soviet deportation to Siberia; German invasion; ghettoization; smuggling food to her father in Janowska; her mother arranging her escape to Zbaraz︠h︡ with a non-Jew; living with her uncle and aunt; hiding during round-ups; her uncle arranging to hide her with a Ukrainian woman in Mala Berezovyt︠s︡i︠a︡; leaving when villagers became suspicious; rejecting an offer to join partisans in the forests; hiding with a Jewish family in Zbaraz︠h︡; being adopted by a Ukrainian family, posing as a non-Jew; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. L. describes reunion with a friend in Poland; joining Hashomer Hatzair in Bratislava; traveling to Prague with a Jewish orphanage; living in a kibbutz in Germany; joining her friend in Salzschlirf displaced persons camp; preparing for emigration in Aglasterhausen; emigrating to Canada; difficulties with her foster family; and a better placement with another family. Mrs. L. discusses the importance of faith to her survival; gratitude to her Ukrainian adoptive family; and psychological issues resulting from her experience which impacted her child rearing.

L., Celina, 1931-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
May 4, 1983.
Zbaraz︠h︡ (Ternopilʹsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Mala Berezovyt︠s︡i︠a︡ (Ukraine)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bad Salzschlirf (Germany)
Diepholz (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celina L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3035). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.