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Rikki R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1686) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Nathan Wolkowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1686

Videotape testimony of Rikki R., who was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1927. She recalls a happy childhood in a close, Orthodox family; German invasion in 1941; expulsion from school; termination of her father's government job; his arrest with her older brother in October (she never saw them again); hiding with her mother, younger brother, and grandmother in her aunt's house with assistance from Muslim neighbors; escaping to Mostar in February 1942 using false papers supplied by Muslims; internment with her family by Italian forces on Hvar Island in September; their transfer to Rab Island six months later; liberation by partisans in 1943; joining the partisans in Banija; attending a teacher's seminar in Glina; and working as a teacher's aide until the end of the war. Mrs. R. recounts traveling with her family to Zagreb, then Sarajevo, in May 1945; learning her father and brother had perished; emigration to Israel with her family in June 1949; marriage in 1950; and emigration to the United States in 1962. Mrs. R. discusses her continuing belief in God; a recent trip to Yugoslavia; sharing her experiences with her children; and her belief that she can neither forget nor forgive.

R., Rikki, 1927-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
January 15,1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rikki R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1686). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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