Lillian N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3091) interviewed by Tammy Genesove
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 29, 1990.
- 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.
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.