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Lea A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-585) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Joyce Romm,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-585

Videotape testimony of Lea A., who was born in Yelizavetgrad, Russia (now Kirovograd) in 1906. She describes fleeing the revolution for Poland, then Danzig in 1921; anti-Jewish actions; emigration to Brussels to attend university in 1934; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1935; her father's death in 1935; her mother, sister, and brother joining her; and the absence of discrimination. She recalls marriage; the birth of a child in 1938 (who died six weeks later); the German invasion; anti-Jewish legislation; her mother and siblings' escape to southern France (they survived); an escape attempt from Calais when she and her husband witnessed the British evacuation at Dunkerque; help from Belgians, including the underground; hiding; her pregnancy; being treated, despite racial laws, by a Belgian doctor; her son's birth in 1943; the doctor arranging for the baby to remain in hospital; obtaining false papers; hiding in Stokkel; the baby's failing health after ten months in hospital; finding a hiding place for him; liberation by American troops; her daughter's birth in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1955. Mrs. A. discusses the scars her son bears having spent his first two years in hiding and her daughter's film about Belgian rescue of Jews.

A., Lea, 1906-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 6, 1985.
Gdańsk (Poland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Stokkel (Brussels, Belgium)
Calais (France)
Dunkerque (France)
Kropyvnytsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lea A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-585). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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