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Celia K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-36) interviewed by Hillel Klein and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-36

Videotape testimony of Celia K., who was born in Szarkowszczyzna, a small town near Vilna, Poland, in 1923. In this extraordinarily detailed and vivid testimony, Mrs. K. describes her prewar education; the German occupation; the ghettoization of her town; and her work there as a waitress in the officers' dining hall. She tells of her transfer to the Glubokoye ghetto; being tortured for refusing to become the mistress of a Kommandant, and the psychological effects of this experience; assisting others to flee the ghetto; and her own escape, with the aid of a Polish farmer. She relates spending the next year and a half hidden under the floor of a barn, where she was eventually joined by her sister; several narrow escapes from discovery; and making her way to the partisans after being evicted from her hiding place. Mrs. K. recounts her activities with the partisans, including the shooting of many people in anti-Jewish villages; liberation by the Russians in 1944; and her marriage and very gradual physical recovery. She also recalls the birth of her children and her psychological problems with raising them; her emigration to the United States; and the contrast between the poverty and neglect she experienced upon arrival in this country and the current treatment of Russian-Jewish refugees.

Author/Creator
K., Celia, 1923-1994.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 25, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celia K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-36). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/616933
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