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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.
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.