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Rose F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1539) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Sharon Gerber,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1539

Videotape testimony of Rose F., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1920. She recalls her father's early death; poverty; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; marriage in 1940; her child's birth; deportations and mass killings in 1942; ghettoization; hiding in a bunker; leaving when her baby cried; deportation to Auschwitz; a prisoner taking her baby from her upon arrival (she never saw the baby again); being punished as a result of her brothers' attempts to contact her; working at an ammunition factory in Birkenau; smuggling gun powder for the underground; a revolt and execution of the participants; the death march to Malchow, then Ravensbrück in January 1945; disappearance of guards during the death march from Taucha; and liberation by United States troops in Grimma. Mrs. F. recounts learning her sister survived, but her brothers perished; reunion with her husband in Będzin; moving to Bytom, then Kassel; and emigration to the United States in 1949. She discusses multiple abortions after the war due to the memory of her child's death; her daughter's birth in the United States; sharing her experiences with her children; loss of faith in God; ever-present sorrow over her child's death; returning to Auschwitz to seek peace.

F., Rose, 1920-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
December 11, 1991.
Bytom (Poland)
Będzin (Poland)
Grimma (Germany)
Kassel (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1539). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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