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Dina J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1037) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin, Bernard Weinstein, and Henry Kaplowitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1037

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.

J., Dina, 1925-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
April 9, April 27, and June 1, 1987.
Debrecen (Hungary)
Békéscsaba (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
Berehove (Ukraine)
Sinevir-Polyana (Ukraine)
Stryĭ (Ukraine)
Lavochne (Ukraine)
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.