Janet R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1279) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Lucille B. Ritvo
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- September 26, 1989.
- 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.
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.