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Janet R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1279) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1279

Videotape testimony of Janet R., who was born in Ostrog, Poland (presently Ostroh, Ukraine) in 1928, the youngest of five children. She recalls a comfortable childhood; Soviet occupation; her father moving to L'vov, fearing deportation to Siberia; German invasion; joining her parents in L'vov; German arrest of her father and brother; their execution; ghettoization; forced factory labor; her mother and nephew disappearing (she never saw them again); obtaining false papers from a family friend; escaping with her sister and sister-in-law; deciding to separate, fearing more risk together; posing as a Christian; brief reunion with her sister; working for two years on an Austrian general's farm; constant fear of exposure; the general's departure; staying with another worker; arrival of Soviet troops; living in L'vov with her father's friend, who urged her to convert to Christianity; continuing to pose as a Christian; studying medicine; reunion with a cousin in Ostrog; moving to Warsaw; meeting her future husband; traveling to Frankfurt; reunion with her sister-in-law and sister; moving to Paris; emigrating to the United States via Montréal; marriage; her husband's premature death; and remarriage. Mrs. R. reflects on the enormous psychological strain while hiding. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Janet, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
September 26, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Janet R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1279). 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/4283582
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