Celina L. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording04 May 1983
Duration2h 29m 46.0s
SynopsisCelina L. was born in Zbarazh, Ukraine in 1931. She speaks about her family and the community before the war. She recalls the Soviet occupation and her family left to live with relatives in L'viv. Celina discusses the establishment of the L'viv ghetto, the violence, and poor living conditions. Her father was deported to Janowska labour camp and she recalls smuggling food to him. Celina’s mother arranged for her to escape the ghetto and return to Zbarazh. She recalls living with her aunt and uncle, hiding, and receiving assistance from non-Jews. A brother and sister took Celina to an isolated homestead. She describes being taken in by a childless woman and posed as her child. She recalls liberation by Soviet troops and realizing the war was over. Celina describes reuniting with a childhood friend and their journey to a Jewish orphanage in Prague. She discusses joining Hashomer Hatzair in Bratislava, Slovakia and recalls her experience of kibbutz life. Celina describes moving to live in Eschwege DP camp in Germany. She recalls preparing for emigration to Canada and receiving an identification card with her real name. Celina discusses travelling by boat to Canada. She recalls difficulties with her first foster family in Regina and transfer to a second foster family. Celina discusses her experience sharing her story with others such as her foster family, husband, and children. She speaks about lasting psychological and emotional issues as a result of her experience.
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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.