Ada L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3345) interviewed by Levana Frank and Anita Tarsi
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 22, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ada L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3345). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ada L., who was born in Jarosław, Poland in 1915, the youngest of seven children. She recounts participating in Akiba; marriage; German invasion; her father's round-up and murder; one brother's escape to the Soviet zone; her husband's deportation (he was killed); deportation to Sobibór; meeting her future husband, Yitzchak Lichtman; assignment to the laundry; the stench of burning corpses; sharing food from incoming transports; learning of her mother's arrival; fellow prisoners preventing her from joining her mother; setting the table and standing close to Adolf Eichmann when he visited; beatings by Ukrainian guards from which she still bears scars and suffers pain; the birth and murder of a child; Alexander Pechersky and others planning an escape; one prisoner (Shlomo Szmajzner) stealing guns; stealing bullets from German quarters; the mass escape in October 1943; hiding in the forest; joining her future husband who was in the Voroshilov brigade; liberation; her future husband's enlistment in the Polish military; living in Lublin; her future husband's return; their marriage; moving to Łódź; their daughter's birth; and emigration to Israel in 1950. Ms. L. discusses life in Sobibór: the privileged position of prisoner artists; getting drunk to numb the psychological pain; guards and SS men including Friedel Schwarz, Gustav Wagner, Greischutz, Josef Niemann, J. Kliehr, Karl Ludwig, and Karl Frenzel, two of whom were kind; her husband's privileged position as a skilled shoemaker; and some prisoners fasting on Yom Kippur. She discusses testifying at Eichmann's trial; visiting Sobibór at the invitation of a Polish minister; persistent pain, isolation, and nightmares resulting from her experiences; disbelief or disinterest in her experiences; and many inaccuracies in the film about Sobibór.