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Lola A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3077) interviewed by Sandy Hayden

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3077

Videotape testimony of Lola A., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1920. She recalls her large extended family; attending public school; Jewish refugees from Germany; receiving immigration papers from a relative in Los Angeles; not going due to the German invasion; anti-Jewish laws, violence, and property confiscations; forced labor in a brush factory; ghettoization; her parents' and younger sister's deportation, then her brother's (she never saw them again); transfer to Płaszów; her sister-in-law's abortion in the seventh month because they killed pregnant women; public hangings; burying bodies from mass killings; terror of the Kommandant, Amon Goeth; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; briefly working with picric acid; transfer to another lager due to the intervention of her sister-in-law's sisters; transfer to Częstochowa; hoping to still be alive at war's end; abandonment by their guards; traveling to Kraków; reunion with an aunt and uncle (they had been hidden by non-Jews); marriage; her son's birth; smuggling themselves to Germany to escape antisemitism; living in a displaced persons camp, then the city; her daughter's birth; and emigration to Canada. Ms. A. discusses her love for Canada; constant terror in the ghetto and camps; persistent fear of dogs due to her experiences; and sharing her story with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
A., Lola, 1920-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1985
Interview Date
July 31, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lola A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3077). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.