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Oral history interview with Tzila Prusak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.322 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0322
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Tzila Prusak, born in Kybartai, Lithuania, discusses being one of two sisters; the family moving to Kaunas; her sister's immigration to Palestine in the early 1930s; marriage in 1938; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a round-up by Lithuanians, including her father and husband; her mother retrieving her father (she never saw her husband again); ghettoization; obtaining work outside the ghetto; smuggling food into the ghetto; hiding her mother during round-ups (her father had been taken); hiding in a bunker, then surrendering; deportation to Stutthof; transfer to Gutowo; assistance from a German soldier; her mother's death; remaining behind, sick with typhus, during the camp's evacuation; liberation by Soviet troops; treatment by physicians; transfer to the Soviet Union; returning to Kaunas; traveling to Vilna, Berlin, then Munich, wanting to join her sister in Palestine; being warned of round-ups by people she knew in the Judenrat; losing her will to live in the camps; the importance of being with her mother to her survival; and never really having ended her Holocaust experience, despite her present life. (The testimony ends abruptly.)

Interviewee
Tzila Prusak
Date
1997 November 23  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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