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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1685

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.

Author/Creator
B., Rachel, 1925-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1988
Interview Date
January 31, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS time coding.
Cite As
Rachel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1685). 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/1113637
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:13:00
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