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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3091

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    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.
    N., Lillian, 1933-
    Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 29, 1990.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Cite As
    Lillian N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3091). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Genesove, Tammy, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Child survivors.

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