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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1184

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    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.
    H., Jola, 1931-
    Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 3, 1987.
    Leipzig (Germany)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Wrocław (Poland)
    London (England)
    Cite As
    Jola H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1184). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Frank, Jodie, interviewer.
    Weinstein, Bernard, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 56 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Soviet occupation.
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Nuremberg laws.

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