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Reena F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1118) interviewed by Louise Goodman and Jan Miller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1118

Videotape testimony of Reena F., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1929. She recalls a happy childhood; German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations and harassment; her parents falsifying her age as twelve so she could remain in Kraków; ghettoization; forced labor in a paper workshop; deportations from which many tried to hide; resistance bombing of a nightclub resulting in the deportation of 2,000 to Auschwitz, including her father; and smuggling children into Płaszów when the ghetto was liquidated, then learning the children in the ghetto were killed. Mrs. F. recounts being sent to work in Schindler's factory with her mother; their return to Płaszów after a few months; executions by camp commander Amon Goeth; deportation to Auschwitz; fainting at appell after an involuntary blood donation; transfer with the other women to Schindler's factory in Brněnec, Czechoslovakia; deliberately manufacturing useless ammunition; Schindler's efforts to protect the workers, several of whom accompanied him to the American lines as Soviet troops neared; and liberation by the Soviets. Mrs. F. describes their return to Kraków; fleeing to Austria due to antisemitism; living in a refugee camp in Linz; marriage in 1948; and emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
F., Reena, 1929-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
November 4, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Reena F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1118). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.