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Toni R. and Emilia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-447) interviewed by Vera Dunn and Florabel Kinsler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-447

Videotape testimony of Emilia S. and her daughter Toni R., who was born in Stryĭ, Ukraine in 1940. Emilia S. recalls marriage in 1939; Soviet occupation; her daughter's birth in 1940; German invasion in 1941; round-ups and killings; teaching her daughter to identify herself as a Catholic; obtaining false papers for her daughter; arranging with a non-Jewish woman to take her daughter to a priest; hiding with her husband in a bunker, with assistance from a Polish couple, for over two years; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; moving to Sanok; her husband's difficulties getting their daughter back from the foster mother, who refused to give her up; reunion with her daughter; living in Kraków; leaving Poland due to antisemitism; living in the Badgastein displaced persons camp; joining her husband in Berlin; her sons's birth; visiting her brothers in Israel in 1950; and emigrating with her family to the United States. Mrs. R. describes childhood memories of a sense of abandonment; confusion about her identity; reunion with her parents; fearing that her parents might abandon her again; learning stories of her parents' friends and relatives; comparing them with her experiences; and developing her own sense of identity.

Author/Creator
R., Toni, 1940-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1984
Interview Date
January 29, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Toni R. and Emilia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-447). 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/1100271
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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