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Yolana L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4196) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4196

Videotape testimony of Yolana L., who was born in Holubyne, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1927, a twin, and one of nine children. She recounts her father's death when she was about two; cordial relations with non-Jews; learning Yiddish in Svali︠a︡va; two sisters emigrating to Belgium; living with a sister in Svali︠a︡va; Hungarian occupation in spring 1944; deportation to the Munkács ghetto weeks later, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her sister; a brief encounter with her twin and another sister; assignment to Canada Kommando; throwing food and clothing that she had smuggled over a fence to her sisters; reassignment to a weaving factory, then snow removal; transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Venusberg; a friend arranging transfer to her barrack; volunteering to bury corpses for extra food; assistance from a Hungarian guard; transfer to Mauthausen; liberation by United States troops the next day; traveling to Bucharest, then home seeking relatives; reunion with two brothers; assistance from the Joint; reunion with a sister and another brother; contact from her sisters in Belgium; moving to Prague; emigration to join her sister in Belgium in August 1946; emigration to join her brothers in Israel in 1949; marriage to a man from Munkács; her daughter's birth; returning to Brussels in 1957; divorce; remarriage to another survivor in 1970; and his death. Ms. L. discusses loss of hope in the camps; nearly 100 relatives who were killed; continuing nightmares and depression; and sharing her experiences with her daughter and grandchildren. She shows photographs.

L., Yolana, 1927-
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1998
Interview Date
March 16 and 30, and September 28, 1998.
Holubyne (Ukraine)
Svali︠a︡va (Ukraine)
Bucharest (Romania)
Prague (Czech Republic)
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yolana L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4196). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.