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Regina H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1826) interviewed by Ornah Almog and Harold Ani,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1826

Videotape testimony of Regina H., who was born in Będzin, Poland in approximately 1926, the youngest of six children in an affluent family. She recalls speaking Yiddish at home, attending a Jewish girls' school taught in Polish; learning Hebrew at Beit Yacov; fleeing with her family to Olkusz during the German invasion; returning home; hiding during a round-up with assistance from their non-Jewish janitor; forced relocation; living with a Polish woman who helped them a great deal; separation from her family when she was deported to Sosnowiec, then Grünberg; slave labor in a textile factory; civilian workers leaving her food; sharing it with other prisoners; receiving letters and packages from home for a brief period; arrival of a cousin; trading with civilians for extra food with her cousin's help; a death march to Christianstadt in winter 1945; escaping with a friend; posing as non-Jews to seek food and shelter from locals; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Łódź via Wrocław; connecting with Jews; returning home in February; finding her sister's friend, but no relatives; meeting her future husband; joining a group for emigration to Israel; traveling to Budapest, Bucharest, then Italy; her daughter's birth in 1946; and emigration to Israel in 1948.

H., Regina, 1926?-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
September 3, 1986 and December 24, 1986.
Będzin (Poland)
Olkusz (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bucharest (Romania)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Regina H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1826). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.