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Levana O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3768) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3768

Videotape testimony of Levana O., who was born in Iași, Romania in 1931. She recalls expulsion from Catholic school due to anti-Jewish laws; arrival of German troops prior to Soviet invasion in 1941; a round-up by German and Romanian soldiers; release of the women and children; returning home with her mother (she never saw her father again); hearing shooting; seeing corpses loaded onto trucks the next day; continuing to attend school; moving to Bucharest with her mother in winter 1942/1943; returning to Iași that spring; attending high school; returning to Bucharest in 1944; liberation by Soviet troops; meeting her future husband through Hashomer Hatzair; embarking on an illegal ship to Palestine from Burgas; interception by the British; incarceration on Cyprus with her mother and uncle; arriving in Haifa; living on a kibbutz; and air raids during the Israel-Arab War. Mrs. O. discusses starting "to cry very late in life," particularly for her father, and being unaware of events elsewhere during the war. She shows photographs.

O., Levana, 1931-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
July 28, 1998.
Iași (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Burgas (Bulgaria)
Haifa (Israel)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Levana O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3768). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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