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Lola A. testimony 1985 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDLA8507_06_VA
Date of Recording31 July 1985

InterviewerHayden, Sandra
IntervieweeApfelbaum, Lola
Duration1h 58m 38.0s
SynopsisLola A. was born in Kraków, Poland on January 17, 1920. She describes her family. She recalls the Jewish community and cultural life. She describes her education. She discusses how an uncle in the United States arranged immigration papers but she was unable to go because the war broke out. She recalls anti-Jewish laws and antisemitic violence. She describes how her father’s library and religious clothing were confiscated. She describes ghettoization and forced labour in a factory. She describes how her parents, sister, and brother were deported. She describes her transfer to Płaszów. She describes the sanitary conditions. She recalls forced labour including burying the dead in mass graves. She describes witnessing violence and executions. She recalls the fear of Amon Goeth. She describes her transfer to Skarżysko. She describes her transfer to Częstochowa and hearing rumours the war was ending. Lola recounts how the German guards abandoned the camp. She describes walking back to Kraków and reuniting with relatives. She describes meeting her husband and the birth of their son. She discusses their decision to leave Poland due to continued antisemitic violence. She describes their journey to Germany and living in a displaced persons camp. She describes their emigration to Canada. She recounts her husband’s experience during the war. She discusses sharing her experiences with her children. She speaks about Holocaust denial and her motivation for giving testimony. Lola shows photographs. 
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.