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Lillian E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1045) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1045

Videotape testimony of Lillian E., who was born in Lʹvov, Poland in 1929, and raised in Przemyśl. She recalls her father's important position as an attorney for the government and military; their affluence; inheriting her grandmothers' jewelry, which later saved their lives; her sister's birth in 1939; German invasion; her father's escape; billeting a German doctor; Soviet occupation; visiting her cousin in Zaleshchiki in June 1941; German invasion; smuggling herself home; trading possessions for food; former non-Jewish servants assisting them; her father's arrest and execution; ghettoization; being warned of an impending round-up of children; smuggling her sister out to hide with non-Jews in Boryslav; joining her with help from a non-Jew; living with a cousin in Drohobych; her mother arriving and living on false papers as a non-Jew (her mother and sister did not "look Jewish" - she did); having to leave when they feared exposure; hiding with non-Jews; learning her mother had been deported (she did not return); liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Przemyśl; meeting her future husband; and finding her sister and supporting her by giving English lessons. Ms. E. discusses visiting Przemyśl to erect a monument for her father but deciding not to. She reads a letter to her father and shows photographs.

Author/Creator
E., Lillian, 1929-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 11, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lillian E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1045). 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/4294665
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