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Lilli S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3717) interviewed by Andrés José Nader and Siegland Schröder,

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    Videotape testimony of Lilli S., who was born in Zehlendorf, Germany in 1913, the youngest of three children. She recounts being raised as a Christian (her parents were Jewish); her father's service in World War I; his status as a doctor; living briefly with grandparents in Dresden; her mother's death when she was six; her father's remarriage to a non-Jew; studying agriculture; antisemitic harassment; surveillance of her father's clinic by Nazi troops in 1933; his suicide; emigrating to France; attending the University of Toulouse; marriage to a Lithuanian Jew in 1935; moving to Paris; frequent trips to Germany using her Lithuanian passport; her siblings' emigration to the United States; German invasion; obtaining French papers; involvement with the Resistance; her son's birth in 1941; placing him with a French family; arrest and imprisonment for Resistance activities in 1944; assistance from the prisoner pastor; deportation to Drancy, then Auschwitz; camaraderie among the political prisoners providing hope for survival; relations between national groups; singing resistance songs; transfer to Kratzau; slave labor in a munitions factory; assistance from Czech civilian workers; hospitalization; a Jewish doctor saving her from selection; escaping with a friend; being hidden by French forced laborers, then by nuns in a Dresden children's home (she had stayed there as a child); she and her friend smuggling themselves to Switzerland; brief imprisonment; reunion with her husband and son in Paris after the war; the birth of a second son; emigrating to East Berlin in 1953; working for Walter Ulbricht's wife; maintaining contact with the nuns from the children's home; her son's death in France; attending a reunion of Auschwitz survivors; and obtaining German citizenship in 1992. Ms. S. sings a song she wrote in camp and mentions her three books. She shows photographs.
    S., Lilli, 1913-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
    Interview Date
    May 4, 1996.
    Zehlendorf (Berlin, Germany)
    Dresden (Germany)
    Toulouse (France)
    Paris (France)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Lilli S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3717). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Nader, Andrés José, interviewer.
    Schröder, Siegland, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.
    Related publication: Vom Widerspruch zum Widerstand : Erinnerungen einer Tochter aus gutem Hause / Lilli Segal. Berlin : Aufbau-Verlag, c 1986.
    Related publication: Bereist die schöne freie Schwiez. Bericht einer Flucht / Lilli Segal. In: Überleben und Spätfolgen, Dachauer Hefte v. 8. Dachau, c1992.
    Related publication: Die Hohenpriester der Vernichtung : Anthropologen, Mediziner und Psychiater als Wegbereiter von Selektion und Mord im Dritten Reich / Lilli Segal. Berlin : Dietz, 1991.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Suicide. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. Husband and wife. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Swiss. Concentration camps--Songs and music. Escapes. Orphanages--Germany. Germany. Zehlendorf (Berlin, Germany) Dresden (Germany) Toulouse (France) Paris (France) Switzerland. Berlin (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) S., Lilli,--1913- Drancy (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Kratzau I (Concentration camp)

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