Dina J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1037) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin, Bernard Weinstein, and Henry Kaplowitz
Videotape testimony of Dina J., who was born in Lavochne, Poland in 1925, one of five children. She recounts attending a local school until fourth grade; living with her maternal grandparents in Sinevir-Polyana to attend school in Stryǐ; Soviet occupation; German invasion; her father sending a non-Jew to bring her and her sister home; escaping with her father during a round-up; traveling to Hungary; hiding with a non-Jew in Berehove; one brother joining them; obtaining papers as non-Jews; traveling to Budapest; moving to Békéscsaba; arrest in 1944; imprisonment there, in Budapest, and Debrecen; continuing to pose as Christians; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her father and brother; encountering a cousin; throwing her watch to her father and brother (she never saw them again); transfer to Plauen; slave labor in a factory; fearing exposure as a Jew; liberation by United States troops; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; returning to Budapest; finding distant cousins; returning to Feldafing; marriage; attending an ORT school; emigration to the United States in 1949; and assistance from the Joint. Ms. J discusses her husband's death; two subsequent marriages; and not sharing her story with her children due to her continuing grief. She reads poetry and articles.
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- April 9, April 27, and June 1, 1987.
- Debrecen (Hungary)
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dina J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1037). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.