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Rachel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-996) interviewed by Lisa Kaplan and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-996

Videotape testimony of Rachel R., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1923 to a family of eight children. She describes her orthodox and affluent home; German invasion; fleeing with her family to her grandfather's village; returning to Sosnowiec; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor in a workshop her father had established; the killings of her brother and grandmother; hiding with her sister and fiance during the ghetto's liquidation; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her fiance upon arrival; finding her mother (she was in an earlier transport); helping each other when they had typhus; separation from her mother; hearing of the revolt and destruction of a crematorium; the death march in January 1945; acts of cannibalism in Bergen-Belsen; and liberation by British troops in April. Mrs. R. recounts locating her father and younger sister with assistance from a Swiss nurse and marriage to her fiance in April 1946. She notes that her faith and belief in God sustained her in the camps.

R., Rachel, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 16, 1988.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-996). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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