Tyla R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1569) interviewed by Alvin Wainhaus
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies 1991
- Interview Date
- June 18, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tyla R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1569). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tyla R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1903, one of nine children. She recalls attending high school; her father's death at the end of World War I; moving to Paris in 1931 to escape antisemitism; marriage to a friend from Warsaw; a visit to her family in Poland; her daughter's birth in 1938; German occupation in 1940; and the helpfulness shown to Jews by the French. She tells of compulsory registration of all Jews in 1941; French people hiding her daughter in Normandy; hiding with her husband and others from a round-up on July 14; her daughter's return to Paris; her husband's departure for Vichy; moving to Grenoble in late 1942; and escape to Switzerland with her husband and daughter after German occupation of Vichy. Mrs. R. recounts placing her child with a Swiss family; forced separation from her husband while thay were in refugee programs; and visiting her daughter every three months and her husband every six weeks. Mrs. R. recounts returning to France while their daughter remained in Switzerland; discovering all her family in Poland had been killed; their daughter's return in 1948; and emigrating to the United States in 1951.