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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-774

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.

Author/Creator
P., Julia, 1908-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
October 25, 1986.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-774). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/996999
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