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Rosa J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2441) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Sarah Hirschfield,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2441

Videotape testimony of Rosa J., who was born in Khotin, Besserabia in Romania (now Ukraine), one of three children. She describes her extended family including several who had emigrated to the United States; her father's death in 1939; German invasion in 1941; fleeing with her family to wander and beg in villages; the deaths of her mother, brother, and sister in Popovtsy; several non-Jews who assisted her; placement with other orphans in Bîrlad, then Bucharest; living with a foster family; and transfer with other "Soviet" children to an orphanage in Odesa in 1944. Mrs. J. recounts her postwar life including living with an uncle in Czernowitz when she was about eleven; attending night school; working in a variety of jobs in many different places from the age of fourteen on; a pro forma marriage in order to emigrate; traveling through Poland and Italy to Israel in 1958; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1961. She shows many photographs and family possessions.

J., Rosa.
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
May 15, 1992.
Soviet Union
Khotyn (Ukraine)
Bucharest (Romania)
Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Odesa (Ukraine)
Popovtsy (Ukraine)
Bîrlad (Romania)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rosa J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2441). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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