Rachel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1685) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Robbie Friedland
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1988
- Interview Date
- January 31, 1988.
- 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.
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.