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Lilli K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-545) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Mindy Brownstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-545

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Lilli K., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1913. She describes growing up in an assimilated family; the outbreak of war in 1939; her denial of its implications; her deportation to Auschwitz in July 1942; and treatment upon arrival, including the selection of inmates for gassing and experimentation. She recalls her work in the marshes; treatment by the SS guards; working in the administrative offices of the Germans; and her transfer to Birkenau in August 1942. She tells of conditions there; her transfer to the staff building where conditions were better; the Sonderkommando revolt in October 1944, for which many prisoners were punished by death; and spiritual and moral resistance within the camp. She relates the establishment of a new women's camp in Auschwitz in September 1944 and the bombing of the barracks by Americans that same month. Mrs. K. also discusses the deaths of both her husbands; the death march from Auschwitz; and her decision to emigrate to Israel.
    Author/Creator
    K., Lilli, 1913-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    April 23, 1985.
    Locale
    Czechoslovakia
    Brno (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Lilli K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-545). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Brownstein, Mindy, interviewer.
    Notes
    Additional written material is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Politische Abteilung (Auschwitz)
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Concentration camps Revolts.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/967637
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
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