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Paulina I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4181)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4181

Videotape testimony of Paulina I., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920, the youngest of eight children. She recounts attending a Polish school; observing antisemitism at school; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; one brother and two sisters emigrating to Palestine in the 1930s; another brother's premature death; her brother's visit from Palestine in 1938 (he urged them to emigrate but her father refused); German invasion; fleeing without her parents' knowledge; living in Białystok, Minsk, and Orsha; working at a Soviet factory; returning to Białystok; deportation with her boyfriend to a Soviet camp in Arkhangelʹsk; marriage; her husband preventing her from committing suicide when she learned she was pregnant; her son's birth (he was the only baby to survive from their camp); transfer to Samarqand, then an agricultural area; working as a nurse; returning to Samarqand in 1944, then to Warsaw after the war; learning no one from her family had survived; traveling to Łódź; sending her son with a children's group to Paris; joining him two years later; emigration to Israel; reunion with two sisters; divorce; remarriage; and the birth of another son.

I., Paulina, 1920-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
October 26, 2000.
Warsaw (Poland)
Białystok (Poland)
Minsk (Belarus)
Orsha (Belarus)
Arkhangelʹsk (Russia)
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Paris (France)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paulina I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4181). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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