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Anna L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3165) interviewed by Michel Sobelman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3165

Videotape testimony of Anna L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1915. Ms. L. recalls a large, extended family; their orthodoxy; visiting relatives in Skryhiczyn; attending school in Dubienka; a disproportionate failure rate for Jews taking exams in 1932; completing university in Warsaw in 1937; participating in a banned left-wing organization; working in a CENTOS institute for mentally handicapped children in Otwock, while living in Warsaw; German invasion; traveling to Skryhiczyn, then fleeing east to Kovelʹ; Soviet occupation; working in an orphanage; moving to Lʹviv; German invasion in 1941; arrest and immediate escape; joining her parents in the Warsaw ghetto; working in an orphanage; pervasive hunger; escaping with assistance from non-Jewish, leftist friends who hid her; working on an underground newspaper; obtaining false papers; joining the resistance in Wyszków; hiding in the forests; blowing up German trains and police stations; a colleague accidentally shooting her; traveling to Warsaw for treatment; marriage; working with her husband preparing munitions for the partisans; his arrest, torture, and escape; observing the ghetto uprising; hearing about the Hotel Polski, but not trusting the Germans (a relative went and was deported and killed); her husband's death in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising; escaping through the sewers; obtaining new false documents from Yitzhak (Antek) Zuckerman; crossing to the Soviet zone; her daughter's birth in Lublin; and returning to Warsaw. Ms. L. discusses relatives who survived because they left Poland before the war; the murders of almost all her family who remained; her careers in journalism and psychology; visits to relatives in Israel; and gratitude to many non-Jews who helped her survive.

Author/Creator
L., Anna, 1915-
Published
Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
July 12, 1994.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 inch master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3165). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.