Lillian N. testimony 1990 [video recording]
Date of Recording29 November 1990
Duration1h 48m 56.0s
SynopsisLillian N. was born in 1933 in Warsaw, Poland. She describes her family and recalls a privileged pre-war life. She describes the German invasion. She recalls how their apartment and belongings had been destroyed or stolen. She describes being forced from their home and ghettoization. She describes the poor living conditions and widespread sickness. She describes roundups and raids. She describes how her father arranged for first her sister and then her to be smuggled out of the ghetto. Lillian recalls going to live with her grandmother whose second husband was a Catholic man. She recalls how he was abusive. She describes hiding during a German raid. She describes reuniting with her parents nearly two years later and learning of her sister’s death. She describes living with her parents using false papers. She describes liberation by Russian troops. She describes returning to Warsaw and her mother giving birth to another daughter shortly after. Lillian describes learning about the deaths of her extended family. She recalls being contacted by an uncle in America, who arranged for their emigration. She describes moving to Canada and trouble settling in school. She discusses her father’s death and mother’s remarriage. She discusses developing a survivor personality. She recalls how her family never discussed the war or their experiences. She discusses her Jewish identity. Lillian shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.