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Paja L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1406) interviewed by Abraham Huberman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1406

Videotape testimony of Paja L., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1921. Ms. L. remembers working in a kindergarten; Soviet occupation; Lithuanian independence; German invasion; her father being seized from the street; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; moving into a friend's residence in the designated area; continuing to work with children; food shortages; joining a partisan group; meetings in cafes, which included literary talks by Abraham Sutzkever and Szmerke Kaczerginski; a friend offering to pretend she was his wife to save her from selection; remaining with her mother rather than leaving with partisans; their deportation to Kaiserwald; slave labor in a munitions factory; a Latvian woman bringing her extra food; singing to raise their spirits; transfer a year later to a farm; assistance from Polish civilian workers; return to the camp; a death march in January 1945; escaping with two friends; a German woman briefly sheltering them; recapture; a beating resulting in a permanent injury; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization in Gdańsk, then Moscow, traveling to Vilna, then to Łódź; working with the Bund; marriage; traveling to Warsaw, then Paris in 1948; and emigration to Argentina in 1949. Ms. L. emphasizes Jewish resistance, both individual and in partisan units.

Author/Creator
L., Paja, 1921-
Published
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1990
Interview Date
October 19, 1990.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paja L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1406). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.