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Lilly S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3122) interviewed by Irene Diekmann and Anna Lipphardt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3122

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.

Author/Creator
S., Lilly, 1927-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
June 12, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290685
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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