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Julia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-774) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Louis Silbert,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-774

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    Videotape testimony of Julia P., who was born in Końskowola, Poland in 1908. She recalls the impoverished shtetl; her mother's death; her father's remarriage; the family's move to Warsaw; factory work at age fourteen; and moving to Belgium in 1934 because she saw no future in Poland. She relates marriage to a Belgian; attending photography and journalism school; receiving a Leica camera with which she took all her pictures and still uses; German invasion; fleeing to France; work in an airplane factory in Marseille; being treated as a German spy several times because she was taking pictures; and joining the Resistance. Mrs. P. describes feeling that "Jews would not survive" despite the disbelief of many; organizing, with help from the Church, the rescue of hundreds of Jewish children; work as a Resistance courier; her younger sister's two year incarceration by the Gestapo; her sister's execution by guillotine on August 24, 1944 with two other Resistants; the uprising in Marseille and the surrender of the Germans on May 8, 1945, which she photographed; return to Poland; work as a photographer; and discovery of her wartime photographs in 1979 resulting in many exhibits and a book.
    P., Julia, 1908-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    October 25, 1986.
    Końskowola (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Marseille (France)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Julia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-774). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.
    Silbert, Louis, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Yiddish.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.

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