Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Lili O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3479) interviewed by Anita Tarsi,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3479

Videotape testimony of Lili O., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1923, an only child. She recounts attending school; antisemitic harassment; witnessing public humiliation of Jews after the Anschluss; being forced to leave their home on Kristallnacht; her uncle arranging her emigration to the Netherlands; her parents' emigration to Palestine; living on a Zionist kibbutz in Lokstreek; German invasion; living with a non-Jewish family in Amsterdam; working at a Jewish kindergarten; anti-Jewish restrictions; helping the underground remove children from the kindergarten to save them; deportation to Westerbork; forced factory labor in Meppel; escaping with assistance from the underground; obtaining false papers; hiding with non-Jews in Hilversum; traveling to Severum via Rotterdam; hiding with several families and on a farm; communicating with her parents through the Red Cross; liberation by United States troops; searching for Jewish children in surrounding villages; establishing a Jewish orphanage in Arnhem; traveling with the Jewish Brigade through Belgium to Paris, Marseille, then Bandol; illegal emigration to Palestine by ship; and reunion with her parents. Ms. O. discusses many non-Jews who helped her, and many relatives and her boyfriend who were killed in the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
O., Lili, 1921-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
September 12, 1992, and October 30, 1992.
Locale
Netherlands
Austria
Vienna (Austria)
Lokstreek (Netherlands)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Meppel (Netherlands)
Hilversum (Netherlands)
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Sevenum (Netherlands)
Arnhem (Netherlands)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
Bandol (France)
Palestine
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lili O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3479). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.