Lillian R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1247) interviewed by Melissa Silverman and Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- December 9, 1987.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lillian R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1247). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lillian R., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1922, one of four sisters. She recounts her family's affluence; her mother's grandfather, a prominent rabbi in Warsaw; attending private Jewish schools; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in September 1939; forced relocation with her family to Dębica in December; moving to Radom; ghettoization; her mother's deportation (she did not survive); transition of the ghetto into a camp; deportation with her father to Szydłowiec; their return to Radom, due to her sister's influence with a German official; marriage in 1943; hiding during a round-up; slave labor in a munitions factory; deportation to Majdanek, then Płaszów; slave labor with her sister in a brick factory; buying food from Polish civilian workers for her father and husband; transfer to Wieliczka, then back to Płaszów; deportation with her sister to Auschwitz/Birkenau; reunion with another sister; hospitalization; a prisoner-physician warning her of a selection; the departure of her two younger sisters in November 1944; the same physician saving her again; working as a dressmaker; a public hanging; a death march and train transfer to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt-Glewe; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Łódź with her sister; reunion with her husband and a paternal aunt; traveling illegally to join her other sisters in Stuttgart; the death of her oldest sister; working for UNRRA; and emigration to the United States in March 1949. Ms. R. discusses her continuing faith, even in the camps; attributing her survival to her sisters and others who helped her; and not sharing her experiences with her children until they were older, wanting them to have a “normal” childhood. She shows photographs.