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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.

O., Lili, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
September 12, 1992, and October 30, 1992.
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.