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Rochelle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1473) interviewed by Katy Beliveau and Paula Scolnik,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1473

Videotape testimony of Rochelle S., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1922. She recalls pervasive antisemitism; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; ghettoization; receiving work cards (her father worked for the Judenrat); her mother's death; liquidation of the ghetto in 1943; deportation with her sister to Kaiserwald; transfer to Stutthof a year later; her sister and she caring for each other when they were sick; a death march in winter 1944/1945; liberation from a barn; recovering in a German village for six months; beginning a trip home with her sister; remaining in Białystok (her sister continued); support by the Joint; her sister's inability to return due to Stalinist regulations; illegally traveling to Germany with Beriḥah; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; emigration to join relatives in the United States in 1948; being treated by her aunt and uncle as their own child; attending school; marriage in 1952; and a reunion with her sister in 1963 (she had emigrated to Israel in 1958). Mrs. S. discusses sharing her experiences with her children; her sister's reluctance to talk about the war years; and speaking to school groups despite the emotional difficulty.

S., Rochelle, 1922-
Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1988
Interview Date
August 2, 1988.
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Białystok (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rochelle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1473). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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