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Marie O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4093)

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    Videotape testimony of Marie O., an only child, who was born in Przemyśl, Poland in 1930. She recounts her family's affluence; her large extended family; attending a Jewish school; German invasion; bombings; Soviet occupation; her uncle financially supporting the family; German invasion in 1941; seeing soldiers beat her father; ghettoization; her father assisting the Judenrat; deportation of many of her extended family; her father arranging for her and her mother's escape, and then hiding with their non-Jewish dressmaker in 1942; obtaining false papers; moving to Lʹviv; a non-Jew blackmailing her mother; her father joining them; a Polish doctor treating him for tuberculosis; her father's death; his burial as a Catholic under a false name; a Jewish woman (her father's friend) committing suicide in their home; carrying her body back to her own apartment; a cousin joining them; her mother providing food for one of her father's friends; her mother's remarriage in 1943; liberation; receiving their property back from a Polish friend; moving to Kraków; adoption by her stepfather, against her wishes (she wanted to keep her father's name); joining Hashomer Hatzair in 1946; not emigrating to Israel due to her mother's wishes; studying medicine (Stanisław Lem was an influential tutor); her career as a psychiatrist; her stepfather's death in 1978, and her mother's death in 1988. Ms. O. discusses details of her family history; postwar emotional problems, including suicidal thoughts; and mixed feelings about her Jewish identity.
    O., Marie, 1930-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    July 11, 1994.
    Przemyśl (Poland)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Cite As
    Marie O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4093). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 27 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects

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