Lilli K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-545) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Mindy Brownstein
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- April 23, 1985.
- 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.
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.