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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.

Author/Creator
M., Rose, 1923-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1990 and 1991
Interview Date
October 30, November 13, December 4, 1990, and July 17, 1991.
Locale
Poland
Międzyrzec Podlaski
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Radzyń Podlaski (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Sławatycze (Poland)
Międzyrzec Podlaski (Poland)
Language
English
Copies
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.