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Oral history interview with Lola Lipson

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.62 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0062

Lola Lipson, born December 1, 1919 in Łódź, Poland, discusses her prominent family of seven; moving to Warsaw, Poland; hearing antisemitic chants in street in the 1920s; the German invasion of Poland and the takeover of her family’s textile business; conditions during the occupation, including the food shortages; being forced to wear an arm patch and then a yellow star; being taken with her sister for forced labor; living in the Łódź ghetto with her sister and a family of four; conditions in the ghetto; the forced labor she did, sewing and embroidering; hiding from selection trucks; being sent with her sister in a cattle car to Auschwitz; conditions upon arriving in the camp; being sent with her sister to work in an ammunition factory; liberation and the on-going trauma she experienced after the war; all of her family dying during the war except her sister; experiencing survivor’s guilt and anxiety over having her own children in the future; immigrating to Sweden; getting married to a survivor; her admiration for Elie Wiesel; hers and her husband’s reticence to share their experiences with their children; her thoughts on the Bitburg controversy; and her concern over ongoing antisemitism.

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Lipson, Lola
Back, Mrs. Toby
interview:  1993 September 09
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:39
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