Lilly S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3122) interviewed by Irene Diekmann and Anna Lipphardt
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 12, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lilly S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3122). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lilly S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. She recounts her family's assimilated life; arrest of her grandmother and parents after the Anschluss; their release weeks later; traveling to Aachen, then Brussels; living in a basement due to lack of resources; assistance from the Jewish community; her father's escape to England; German invasion; fleeing to Lille, then Dunkerque, futilely hoping to escape; return to Brussels; receiving a deportation notice; informing her mother they would hide; difficulty placing her four-year-old sister; she and her sister living with several families; hospitalization; a woman in the hospital supplying her with false papers; being caught in a round-up with her sister; their escape from a train; a farmer helping her place her sister in a convent; working in Rocherath; intense visits with her sister; friendship with Resistants; pleading with a German officer not to destroy a village; liberation by United States troops; learning her father had remarried, thinking them dead; illegal emigration to Palestine; marriage; and emigration to Germany. Mrs. S. discusses converting to Catholicism in Brussels and emotional support from attending mass; not sharing her story prior to attending a meeting of hidden children in New York; and establishing a local self-help group for hidden children.