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Paulina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3541)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3541

Videotape testimony of Paulina B., who was born in Gorlice, Poland (then Austro-Hungarian Monarchy), one of three children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; her father's service in World War I; attending Beit Yakov, public school, then gymnasium; summer vacations at her aunt's house in Nowy Sącz; participating in Noʻar ha-Tsiyoni; arrest by Polish police for Zionist activity; attending university in Kraków; a trip to Italy with her boyfriend; vacationing in Zakopane; working for the Red Cross; German invasion; relocating to her father's village; fleeing east; German bombardment; traveling to Skelevka (Felsztyn); reunion with her boyfriend in Sambir; traveling with him to Zabolotiv; obtaining false papers as non-Jews; moving to several villages, including Zagoździe and Kolomyi︠a︡; living as non-Jews in Tarńow; assistance from the Judenrat; hiding in a bunker; entering the Tarńow ghetto; forced factory labor; escaping with a friend's child to Kraków; obtaining papers as Polish guest workers through the underground; traveling to Vienna, then Semmering; working in Hermagor; sabotaging farm production; assisting prisoners of war; sexual harassment by the farm's owner; transfer to another farm; working at the train station in Villach; assisting Yugoslav partisans; working in a clinic; smuggling medicine to partisans; liberation by British troops; traveling to Arnoldstein, Tarviso, then Udine, with assistance from a British officer; locating the Jewish Brigade in Bologna; traveling to Rome; reunion with a cousin; traveling to Venice, then Rome; assistance from the Joint; emigration to Palestine via Marseille; incarceration in ʻAtlit; escaping; learning her future husband was alive; joining him in Munich; and visiting Gorlice and Warsaw. Ms. B. discusses receiving comfort from praying in churches while posing as a non-Jew, and mixed feelings about being Christian or Jewish after the war. She shows photographs.

B., Paulina.
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
April 30, 1993.
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
Gorlice (Poland)
Nowy Sącz (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Zakopane (Poland)
Skelevka (Urkaine)
Zabolotiv (Ukraine)
Sambir (Sambirsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Zagoździe (Poland)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Kolomyi︠a︡ (Ukraine)
Vienna (Austria)
Semmering (Austria : Region)
Hermagor (Austria)
Villach (Austria)
Arnoldstein (Austria)
Tarvisio (Italy)
Udine (Italy)
Bologna (Italy)
Venice (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
Marseille (France)
ʻAtlit (Israel)
Munich (Germany)
Warsaw (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paulina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3541). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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