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Lillian N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3091) interviewed by Tammy Genesove

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3091

Videotape testimony of Lillian N., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1933 to an assimilated, wealthy family. She recalls German invasion while visiting her grandfather; returning to Warsaw with her mother and one-year-old sister to join her father; ghettoization; becoming sad; always being terrified of round-ups; her parents sending her sister to non-Jews; being smuggled in 1942 to her grandmother, whose second husband was not Jewish and no one in the village knew she was; being hidden in a hole during a German raid; her parents retrieving her two years later; being informed her sister was dead; living with her parents as their niece using false papers; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; her sister's birth; learning their large extended family had all been killed except the grandmother with whom she hid; hearing from an uncle in the United States; emigrating to New York, then Montreal, in 1946; her father's death soon after; and her mother's remarriage to a survivor. Ms. N. discusses lifelong fears resulting from her experiences, including revealing her Judaism; her family's silence about the war; and hoping her sister survived (she has searched for her in Poland several times). She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
N., Lillian, 1933-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
November 29, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lillian N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3091). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290512
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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