Paula L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1778) interviewed by Susanna Newman and Brenda Stiefel
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 23, 1991.
- 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.
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.