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Rose M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1638) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1638

Videotape testimony of Rose M., who was born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland in 1923. She recalls German invasion; fleeing to Sławatycze in January; returning home; marriage in spring 1942; hiding during round-ups; escaping when they were discovered; finding her husband and mother at a friend's house; learning her father, brother, and other relatives had been caught and killed; working with her mother on a farm; returning to Radzyń; reunion with her husband; hiding with farmers; going to the Miedzyrzec ghetto; her son's birth and immediate death; learning her husband and brothers had been killed; deportation with her mother and relatives to Majdanek in spring 1943; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); slave labor; forming a group with others from her city; public hangings; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July; receiving extra food from a guard; prisoner suicides; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in fall 1944; liberation by British troops; depression; traveling to Łódź, Warsaw, and Radzyń seeking surviving relatives; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; marriage in 1946; living in Frankfurt; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. M. discusses relations among prisoner groups in the camps; the importance to her survival of being with friends; sharing her story with her children when they were older; continuing pervasive memories; and difficulty believing what she lived through.

M., Rose, 1923-
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1990 and 1991
Interview Date
October 30, November 13, December 4, 1990, and July 17, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1638). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.