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Paula L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1778) interviewed by Susanna Newman and Brenda Stiefel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1778

Videotape testimony of Paula L., who was born in Copalnic Mănăștur, Romania in 1928, one of five children. She recalls her father's cattle business; her mother's death in 1938; living with her aunt in Spermezeu; Hungarian occupation; returning home in 1943; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization in a nearby town in May 1944; transfer to the Baia Mare ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; staying with her three sisters; her oldest sister sharing extra food from her kitchen job; trying to contact her brother and father; transfer to Boizenburg in August 1944; improved conditions; slave labor; noting Jewish holidays; evacuation; abandonment by the guards in Ludwigslust; liberation in May 1945; returning home with a group of eighteen through Germany, Prague, and Budapest; reunion with her brother; learning her father had perished; marrying her cousin in 1950; her son's birth; her husband's imprisonment for over eight years because he was "bourgeoisie;" obtaining his release in Bucharest; living in Italy for two years; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. L. discusses their expectation that they would survive the camps and maintaining hope for the next day. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
L., Paula, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 23, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paula L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1778). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.