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Clara R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1347) interviewed by Paul Goodman and Trudy K. Turkel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1347

Videotape testimony of Clara R., who who born in Mostiska, Ukraine (Austro-Hungarian Monarchy when she was born, later Poland) in 1904. She recalls the family's move to Sudetenland; return to Mostiska in 1918; marriage in 1933; the births of two sons; German invasion in 1939 followed by Soviet occupation; German occupation in June 1941; learning of the impending evacuation of Jews; and hiding with her family and others in a hole under the barn floor of a Catholic family for twenty-two months during which they fasted on Yom Kippur and read newspapers for war news. Mrs. R. describes liberation in July 1944 by Soviet troops; returning to Mostiska; moving to Przemysl in January 1945; supporting her family through black market trading; antisemitism; escape to Austria with Beriḣah assistance; living six years in displaced persons camps; her mother's and brother's emigration to Palestine and her immediate family's to the United States; continuing contact with their Polish rescuers; and reporting them to Yad Vashem. Mrs. R. attributes her survival to her determination not to give up and to "bashert" (fate).

Author/Creator
R., Clara, 1904-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
June 12, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clara R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1347). 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/1055900
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