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Nadia R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3132) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3132

Videotape testimony of Nadia R., who was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1938. She recalls moving with her mother and grandparents to an area designated for Jews after the German invasion; the atmosphere of fear and anxiety; conversion to Christianity in 1943 as a means of protection; her grandfather arranging hiding places for them in 1944; arrest with her mother in December 1944; their transfer to Sered;̕ deportation to Terezín with her mother in January 1945; an emotional theater performance in the camp; the departure of Danish prisoners, arranged by the Swedish Red Cross, in April 1945; liberation; traveling with her mother to Bratislava in June 1945; learning that her grandmother had died in Bergen-Belsen and her grandfather in Mauthausen; reunion with her father who had served in the British army; moving with her parents to England in September 1945; and returning to Bratislava in 1946. Mrs. R. discusses fleeing with her husband to Austria after the Soviet intervention of 1968; claustrophobia as a result of her experiences; her Jewish identity; recent trips to Terezín, Bergen-Belsen, and Mauthausen; her family's strong attachment to a cemetery in Slovakia; and sharing her experiences with her daughter, community groups, and in schools.

Author/Creator
R., Nadia, 1938-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
September 18, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nadia R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3132). 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/1097613
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