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Tyla R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1569) interviewed by Alvin Wainhaus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1569

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.

Author/Creator
R., Tyla, 1903-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies 1991
Interview Date
June 18, 1991.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1055897
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