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Judith P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-930) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-930

Videotape testimony of Judith P., who was born in Bessarabia, Russia in 1913. She discusses her parents; her childhood in Moscow; and smuggling herself across the Polish border with her mother circa 1921 to be with her anti-Communist father. She relates her life in Warsaw; her marriage; experiences in law school; and her work for the American Joint Distribution Committee. She recalls the German bombing of Warsaw; her and her husband's separate journeys to the Russian side of Poland; and life in Vilna. She recounts her crossing to Kovno, Lithuania to assist the Joint; her decision not to join Russian Jews in China; her return to Vilna and to Kovno. She details the German attack on Kovno; her transfer to the ghetto of Slobodka, a suburb of Kovno; her experiences under German occupation; and the leadership of the ghetto. She tells of her transport to Stutthof, where older people, including her grandparents, were killed; and liberation by the Russians in January 1945. Postwar experiences related include her journey to Warsaw, then Prague; her reunion with her husband in Munich; her journey to Strasbourg, France, and her reunion with her sister in Paris; her emigration to the United States in April 1946; and her postwar life.

Author/Creator
P., Judith, 1913-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
July 28, 1987.
Locale
Ukraine
Slobodka
Moscow (Russia)
Warsaw (Poland)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Slobidka (Kodymsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
Strasbourg (France)
Paris (France)
Bessarabia (Moldova and Ukraine)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Judith P. Holocaust Testimony [HVT-930]. Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.