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Rose S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-653)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-653

Videotape testimony of Rose S., who was born in Romania, the youngest of six children. She recalls that her father was a successful merchant; Hungarian occupation; all of her brothers and brothers-in-law being drafted into slave labor battalions; her father's death in 1943; having to support her siblings and their twelve children; ghettoization when she was twenty-one; smuggling food in from her village; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau after six weeks; horrendous conditions on the transport; separation from her family upon arrival; being compelled to give blood for wounded German soldiers despite her weakness; learning her family had been killed and cremated; forced labor in the kitchen; a beating after providing extra food for her cousins; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; recuperation in Sweden; the kindness of the Swedes; marriage; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States. She discusses learning one brother and brother-in-law had survived; wanting her children to know about her experiences; good and bad prisoner officials; and the shame and sadistic punishments inflicted in the camps.

S., Rose.
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
October 10, 1985.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-653). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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