Rosel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-871) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 1, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rosel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-871). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rosel B., who was born in 1916 in Warsaw, Poland. Mrs. B. describes her family's move to Berlin; visits to her grandparents in Poland; attending a Jewish school; their highly cultured lifestyle; warnings about Hitler from 1928 onward; attending secretarial school; forced sale of the family business; her engagement in 1936; marriage in Berlin; emigration to Amsterdam; and the birth of her daughter. She recounts German invasion; betrayal by their housekeeper; receiving a notice for deportation; fleeing with her husband and daughter, via Brussels and Bordeaux, to Nice; bribing the French police to free her sister's husband; living safely in Italian-occupied southern France for a year; a close escape from the Gestapo in Grenoble; and living for a year in Switzerland. Mrs. B. discusses moving to Brussels after the war; seeking surviving family and learning most had perished; reclaiming property in Amsterdam and Berlin; her husband's nightmares; and her discomfort with Germans.