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Rachel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1685) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Robbie Friedland,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1685

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    Videotape testimony of Rachel B., who was born in Włodawa, Poland in 1925. Mrs. B. recalls the strong Hasidic influence in the town; attending services with her father; her older sisters' involvement in Mizrachi and Betar; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation of her sister's two-year-old child; her father arranging hiding places for them; being selected (due to a bribe by her father) to remain behind with a group to clean the ghetto after the last deportation; being sent for by her sister; hiding in a barn with her sister's in-laws, with assistance from non-Jews; her sister's death in the forest; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. B. describes returning to Włodawa; learning no family members had survived; marriage in Szczecin; escaping with her husband to Germany after the Kielce pogrom; living in Bamberg; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in December 1951. She discusses memories of separation from her mother; continuing nightmares; and reluctance to share these experiences with her children.
    B., Rachel, 1925-
    Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1988
    Interview Date
    January 31, 1988.
    Włodowa (Poland)
    Szczecin (Poland)
    Bamberg (Germany)
    Cite As
    Rachel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1685). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Siegel, Allen M., interviewer.
    Friedland, Robbie, interviewer.
    The audio quality of this testimony is poor.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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