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Evelyn E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1791) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Barbara Pelzer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1791

Videotape testimony of Evelyn E., who was born in Poland in 1934. She recounts staying with her grandparents in Ostrów Mazowiecka in 1939; German invasion; their escape to Zaréby Kościelne; deportation to a village by Soviet authorities; her grandfather's brief imprisonment; moving to Tashkent several years later; her grandfather's death from starvation; moving to a kolkhoz; placement in an orphanage; running away to return to her grandmother; their return to Tashkent; placement in another orphanage; attending school; their repatriation to Poland in 1946; living in orphanages in Otwock and Sródborów; an uncle arriving to claim her; living in an orphanage in her uncle's town, then a Jewish orphanage in Bytom; moving to Paris with her uncle and grandmother; emigration to Montréal in 1950, then the United States. Mrs. E. discusses choosing to live in orphanages due to common bonds with the children there; learning her parents and siblings had perished; sharing her experiences with her children; her son's and husband's deaths; and hoping others will not suffer as she has. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
E., Evelyn, 1934-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 15, 1991.
Locale
Uzbekistan
Poland
Ostrów Mazowiecka (Poland)
Zaręby Kościelne (Poland)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Otwock (Poland)
Sródborów (Poland)
Bytom (Poland)
Paris (France)
Montréal (Québec)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Evelyn E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1791). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.