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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-545

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lilli K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-545). 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/967637
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