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Pauline B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4420) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4420

Videotape testimony of Pauline B., who was born in Li︠u︡bomlʹ, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1925, the fifth of six daughters. She recounts attending Yiddish, then public school; antisemitic harassment; her mother's death when she was six; moving to her grandparents with an older sister; one aunt, who was like a mother to her, emigrating to Argentina; Soviet occupation; placement with her sister in an orphanage; evacuation by Soviet troops when the Germans invaded; being wounded en route; staying in Volgograd (Stalingrad) for a week; transfer to Siberia; living in an orphanage; moving with her sister to Biĭsk; working for others, then establishing a sewing business; her sister's marriage and the births of her two children; learning from the Red Cross that her youngest sister was in a Soviet orphanage, but not being able to locate her (they never found her); returning to Szczecin in 1946; illegally entering Germany; living in Schlatensee displaced persons camp; marriage in 1948; emigration with her husband to Canada; bringing her sister and family to join her; and moving to the United States. Ms. B. notes visiting her relatives in Argentina, and not sharing her story with her children. She shows photographs and sings Yiddish songs her grandmother had taught her.

Author/Creator
B., Pauline, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2008
Interview Date
September 25, 2008.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pauline B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4420). 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/8447056
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