Rose O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-893) interviewed by Peggy Morton and Lilian Sicular
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- May 16, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rose O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-893). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rose O., the youngest of nine children, who was born in 1908 in Sierpc, Poland. She describes overt antisemitism; leaving school to help at home; one brother's emigration to the United States and another's to Paris in 1926; moving to Paris in 1930; and her sense of freedom and absence of antisemitism there. Mrs. O. recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; once removing her star to attend the theater; deportation of Jewish men to Drancy; her brother and family fleeing to Grenoble; hiding from July 16, 1942, first alone, then with a woman and her child; their escape to a village in Deux Sevres; six months living openly; hiding in one room for a year because the villagers feared reprisals; and her nightmare foretelling her brother's death. Mrs. O. relates moving to the convent Bressuire, where she felt safer; working in the kitchen; terrible conditions and very hard work; the nuns' refusal to let her leave after liberation; her resulting breakdown; departure for Paris; re-establishing herself; marriage in 1947; and emigration with her son to New York in 1952. She discusses the fate of her family and her difficulties relating her experiences to her son.