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Frieda L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-307) interviewed by Dori Laub and Martha Schulwolf,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-307

Videotape testimony of Frieda L., who was born in a small town near Chortkov, Ukraine in 1915. She recalls her father's absence during World War I; affection and admiration for her mother; animosity toward her father; life in a very wealthy household; school in Chortkov; her father forbidding her marriage to a poor medical student; romance with a non-Jewish lawyer (he eventually saved her, her daughter and husband); and an arranged marriage. Mrs. L. relates her daughter's birth; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; round-ups; hiding; placing her daughter with a non-Jewish friend; Aktions; her mother's killing; feeling, even to the present, that her mother watched over her; escape to Lwów to the lawyer; obtaining false papers through him; living as a Polish woman; her husband's escape and rescue by the lawyer; and her exposure by another Jew in hiding. She describes escape to Kraków; living with a cousin of the lawyer; liberation by Soviet troops; hardships encountered in retrieving her daughter; abandonment by her husband; emigration to Italy, then the United States; her remarriage; and her children and grandchildren. Mrs. L. vividly details many incidents of escape and rescue and discusses her own inability to believe what she has lived through.

L., Frieda, 1915-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
November 10, 1984.
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Kraków (Poland)
Chortkiv (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frieda L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-307). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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