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Rayzla R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2674) interviewed by Claude Morhange and Berthe Burko-Falcman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2674

Videotape testimony of Rayzla R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920. She describes her family's move to Paris; their poverty; participating in left-wing organizations; formation of values resulting from her scout experiences; active membership in the Resistance beginning in 1940 (FTP and MOI); arrest on May 9, 1942 after denunciation by a spy in the group; imprisonment; being tried and sentenced to forced labor; transport to a prison in Anrath; transfer to prison in Lübeck six months later, then to a Siemens factory in Silesia, with twenty others; refusing to make weapons; punishment in a dungeon; and later sabotaging other labor, which was overlooked by an Austrian prisoner-supervisor. Mrs R. recalls transfer to prison in Jauer; escaping with two friends; traveling to Plzeň; obtaining identification papers from the mayor of Marklissa, Germany; joining Soviet troops in Friedland on May 9, 1945, then American soldiers; returning to Paris with prisoners of war; and reunion with two brothers. She discusses her strong French, rather than Jewish, identification; emotional struggles after the war; and health problems resulting from her experiences.

Author/Creator
R., Rayzla, 1920-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
June 11, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rayzla R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2674). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.