Tzila P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3884)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
- Interview Date
- January 23, 1997.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tzila P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3884). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tzila P., who was born in Kybartai, Lithuania, one of two sisters. She recounts the family moving to Kaunas; her sister's emigration to Palestine in the early 1930s; marriage in 1938; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a round-up by Lithuanians, including her father and husband; her mother retrieving her father (she never saw her husband again); ghettoization; obtaining work outside the ghetto; smuggling food into the ghetto; hiding her mother during round-ups (her father had been taken); hiding in a bunker, then surrendering; deportation to Stutthof; transfer to Gutowo; assistance from a German soldier; her mother's death; remaining behind, sick with typhus, during the camp's evacuation; liberation by Soviet troops; treatment by physicians; transfer to the Soviet Union; returning to Kaunas; and traveling to Vilna, Berlin, then Munich, wanting to join her sister in Palestine. Ms. P. discusses being warned of round-ups by people she knew in the Judenrat; losing her will to live in the camps; the importance of being with her mother to her survival; and never really having ended her Holocaust experience, despite her present life. The testimony ends abruptly.