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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.

Author/Creator
O., Levana, 1931-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
July 28, 1998.
Locale
Romania
Iași (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Burgas (Bulgaria)
Cyprus
Palestine
Haifa (Israel)
Language
English
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4320366
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:25:00
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