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Rivka L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1483) interviewed by Phyllis Braverman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1483

Videotape testimony of Rivka L., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1919. She recalls pervasive antisemitism; attending college in Kraków until 1939; German invasion; confiscation of the family business in 1940; assistance from the man who ran their business; marriage; her privileged job in a German office; remaining with her husband after deportations; conversion of the ghetto to a labor camp; deportation to Auschwitz (she never saw her husband again); encountering her mother; trying to provide her with extra food; obtaining a privileged office job; working in the Union Kommando; learning her mother was "gone"; providing materials for the Sonderkommando uprising in October 1944; the death march in January; arrival at Ravensbrück; transfer to Leipzig; escape with four others from a death march; encountering United States soldiers; assistance from the Jewish chaplain; working in Markkleeberg; reunion with one brother; living with an uncle in Paris; illegal emigration to Palestine; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. L. discuss the importance of faith to her survival; sharing her story with her son; and the trauma of testifying at a war crimes trial in Hamburg, where the defendant was found innocent despite overwhelming evidence against him.

L., Rivka, 1919-
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1989
Interview Date
July 16, 1989.
Zawiercie (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Markkleeberg (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rivka L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1483). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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