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Eleanor O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2732) interviewed by Josie Riger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2732

Videotape testimony of Eleanor O., who was born in Janów, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Ivano-Frankovo, Ukraine) in 1916, one of three daughters. She recounts the family move to Lʹviv when she was five; attending public school; completing art school in 1939; Soviet occupation; marriage in 1940; German invasion; ghettoization; forced factory labor; her mother's deportation in November 1941; hiding her father with a non-Jew (he was discovered and killed); obtaining false papers as a non-Jew; traveling by herself to Warsaw in 1943; reunion with her sister; the Warsaw Uprising; hiding briefly with underground members, then escaping to Krzeszowice; she and her sister living with a Polish family; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Kraków; reunion with her husband and other sister; moving to Łódź; emigrating to the United States; and her husband's death in 1967. Ms. O. discusses her constant fear while hiding, and attributes her survival to the many non-Jews who helped her.

O., Eleanor, 1916-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
April 27, 1994.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eleanor O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2732). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.