An interview with Lily Fenster, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Dr. Sidney
Bolkosky, Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Lily Fenster
was born in Warsaw Poland in 1926. After the German invasion of Poland, Lily,
along with her mother, father and five sisters, was placed in the Warsaw Ghetto.
After some time, Lily was able to escape from the ghetto, leaving her family behind.
In the ghetto, her four sisters died from hunger and her father disappeared. After
making her way to Łuków Podlaski, Lily was able to work on a farm
and raised enough money to have her mother smuggled from the ghetto. Within six
weeks of the reunion, Lily's mother was deported to Treblinka. Lily, having obtained
a Kennkarte, and hiding among the Gentile population was able to evade capture.
After her mother's deportation, Lily moved into the main city of Łuków
Podlaski, where she obtained work as a nurse, until the Russian liberation. While
in Łuków Podlaski she met her future husband. After the war, Lily,
along with several others, made her way to Łódź and then on to
Germany. She emigrated to the United States in 1951.
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