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Richard R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1857) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1857

Videotape testimony of Richard R., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1935. He recalls his family's affluent life in Zwoleń; his father's position as head of the hospital in Radom; German invasion; fleeing east with his parents; living under Soviet occupation in Li︠u︡bomlʹ; German invasion; antisemitic violence; going into hiding five weeks later with a farmer; leaving after thirteen months when their money ran out; their arrest; transport to the Lublin ghetto, then to a labor camp; being smuggled out by Polish partisans because they needed a doctor; living with his mother on a farm disguised as a girl; attending church; being taken by the partisans three months later (his mother remained in hiding); reunion with his father; living with the partisans; learning his father had been killed; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Radom with his mother; antisemitism; recuperating from tuberculosis; living with his mother in Łódź; their journey to Stuttgart and Paris; placement in an orphanage in Drancy because his mother could not support him; and their emigration to Australia in 1951. Mr. R. notes his mother's refusal to discuss the war years; extensive family losses; and outrage at postwar Polish antisemitism because his father had been killed serving with the Polish resistance.

Author/Creator
R., Richard, 1935-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 26, 1991.
Locale
Poland
Lublin
France
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Zwoleń (Radom, Poland)
Li︠u︡bomlʹ (Ukraine)
Łódź (Poland)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Paris (France)
Drancy (France)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Richard R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1857). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.