Evelyn K. testimony 2008 [video recording]
Date of Recording05 December 2008
Duration1h 47m 22.0s
SynopsisEvelyn K. was born in Wilno, Poland [Vilnius, Lithuania] in 1933. She describes her family and life before the war. She describes the Jewish community. She recalls the family immigrating to Lida, Belarus. She describes the German invasion. Evelyn describes fleeing to Dzyatlava, Belarus to join relatives. She describes witnessing her father’s selection for forced labour (and learning after the war that the group of men had been killed). She describes ghettoization and the conditions. She recalls her uncle hid outside of the ghetto as a partisan. She describes illness in the ghetto. Evelyn describes hiding during the second liquidation and escaping into the forest. She recalls receiving assistance from the partisans. She describes constant evasion of German militia in the forest. She recalls her aunt giving birth. She recalls liberation and returning to Lodz. She describes antisemitism after the war. Evelyn describes traveling to a transit camp in Berlin with her mother and grandmother. She discusses moving to the Landsberg DP camp and waiting for documentation to immigrate to the United States. Evelyn describes the survivor community and building a new life. She describes meeting her husband, their marriage, and moving to Vancouver.
NoteThere are technical issues with portions of this testimony where the tape cuts out
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.