Lillian N. testimony 2010 [video recording]
Date of Recording27 August 2010
Duration1h 34m 0.0s
SynopsisLillian N. was born in Warsaw in 1933. She describes her family and life before the war. She recalls the German invasion and discusses antisemitic laws. She describes ghettoization and the conditions. She describes her awareness of the liquidations and escaping a deportation with her father’s help. She recalls going to work with her parents at the Schultz & Co. factory. She describes a visit to the Korczak orphanage. Lillian speaks about her father arranging for her and her sister to escape the ghetto. Lillian went to live with their grandmother, who was posing as a Catholic and living with a Polish man. Lillian describes experiences of abuse. She describes living as a hidden child. She recalls a visit from her parents. She describes her parents’ experience escaping the ghetto and hiding. Lillian recalls how her sister was taken in by a collaborator and killed when she was discovered. She describes going into hiding with her parents and liberation by Russian troops. Her father received a job with the Polish provisional government and Lillian discusses how he was able to obtain passports for the family. She describes immigration to the United States and then Canada. Lillian describes her writing and how this helped her. She talks about her decision to share her story and speaking to students.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.