Regina R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1194) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Lisa Kaplan
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- May 1, 1989.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Regina R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1194). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Regina R., who was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Šamorín, Czechoslovakia. She recounts her comfortable childhood; attending school in Bratislava; teaching in Duna Szerdahely in 1937; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; teaching at a Jewish school in Senec beginning in 1938; her father hiding Jews; learning that her brother had been killed in Budapest; working on a farm thinking that would offer her protection; forced transfer with her family to Nagy-Magyar (now Rastice) and Duna Szerdahely in 1944; separation from her mother and cousins upon arrival at Auschwitz; forced labor in Płaszów, then Augsburg; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. R. describes her recuperation; reunion with her father in Samorin in 1945; learning that no other family members had survived; marriage; her daughter's birth; emigration to Israel in 1949, then to the United States seven years later. She discusses the psychological impact of anti-Jewish restrictions after Hungarian occupation; her bond with the Jewish children she taught from 1938 to 1944; the importance of friendship to her survival; the difficulty of sharing these experiences with her children; and her "scars" resulting from the Holocaust. She comments on the book "Elli," written by a friend from Samorin.