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Hannah R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1883) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1883

Videotape testimony of Hannah R., who was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania in 1928. She recalls her comfortable, observant childhood; speaking Hebrew at home; summer vacations in Palanga; antisemitic violence; Soviet occupation; her father's imprisonment and release; German invasion; her father's disappearance (she never saw him again); ghettoization; transfer with her mother and sister to the Trakai ghetto in 1943; the children's round-up in June 1944; deportation with her mother and sister in July to Stutthof; their transfer to several work camps; the death march in December to Gross Golmkau (Gołębiewo), then Praest; her mother's refusal to attempt escape; her own escape; hiding with assistance from British POWs; working on a German farm; liberation by Soviet troops; two months traveling to Białystok; several incidents of sexual harassment; learning her mother and sister had not survived; living on a kibbutz in Sosnowiec; traveling to Sankt Ottilien; emigration to the United States in 1947 to join her uncle; marriage to an American; and several career changes. Mrs. R. discusses reunions with the British POWs; arranging their designation as "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem; and her belief that every survivor's story is unique. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Hannah, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
August 3, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hannah R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1883). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.