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Jola H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1184) interviewed by Jodie Frank and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1184

Videotape testimony of Jola H. who was born in 1931 in Leipzig, Germany. She recounts her family's affluence; visiting relatives in Poland; lifestyle changes after the Nuremberg laws; deportation to Poland with her mother in 1938 (her father was in England) because they were Polish citizens; living with relatives in Łódź; her father's arrival in August 1939; moving to Warsaw; German invasion; her father leaving; joining him in Soviet-occupied Lʹviv; German invasion; her father going to Warsaw; joining him in the Warsaw ghetto; hiding during round-ups; her mother arranging her escape with non-Jews; her rescuer obtaining false papers for her; her mother's escape; living together; hospitalization after being hit by a car; her father's last visit (he perished in Auschwitz); the Polish uprising in Warsaw; deportation to Wrocław as Poles; forced factory labor; her mother's appointment as translator which also privileged her and her cousin; liberation by Soviet troops; their kindness; living in Poland for a year; not feeling Jewish; traveling to London with a children's group in 1946; her mother's arrival in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1949; and marriage to an American in 1950. Ms. H. discusses conscious efforts to forget her experiences; only discussing them with her sons when they ask; attributing her survival to her mother; and involvement in the civil rights movement.

Author/Creator
H., Jola, 1931-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
November 3, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jola H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1184). 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/4294849
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