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Olga L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-464) interviewed by Judie Wayman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-464

Videotape testimony of Olga L., who was born in Berehove, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1919, one of seven children. She recalls festive holiday celebrations; antisemitic incidents; working in a law office; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions; helping one brother escape to Palestine; obtaining documents to emigrate to England; remaining with her parents so another brother could escape; her brother-in-law's murder while attempting to escape; her sister and niece moving in; her twin brothers' conscription into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; her father's arrest; her boss obtaining his release; her youngest brother's conscription; German occupation in March 1944; paying a non-Jew to hide her niece; ghettoization; a policeman bringing her niece to them; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her sister, niece, and parents (they were gassed); transfer to Peterswaldau; slave labor in a munitions factory; a severe beating; hospitalization; a kapo warning her to leave the hospital prior to a deportation; wanting to die; a friend switching jobs with her; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; briefly living in Reichenbach (presently Dzierżoniów, Poland); traveling to Bratislava, Budapest, then home; reunion with her youngest brother and boyfriend; marriage; illegally traveling to Prague, then Litoměřice in January 1946; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. L. discusses lecturing about the Holocaust, but stopping when it became "commercialized." She shows a photograph.

Author/Creator
L., Olga, 1919?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 1, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Olga L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-464). 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/4293824
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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