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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.

P., Judith, 1913-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
July 28, 1987.
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.