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Rachel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1941) interviewed by Rebecca Fink and Rachel Sattinger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1941

Videotape testimony of Rachel S., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1923, one of five children. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; sneaking back to her former neighborhood and receiving food from non-Jewish neighbors; forced labor; her father losing his will to live; his refusal of an offer from a non-Jewish friend to hide their family; remaining in their apartment with one sister during a round-up (another sister and her parents were shot in a mass killing at Ponary); joining her brother who was hiding in a village; discovery; incarceration of those hiding them; a three-week Gestapo interrogation in Vilna; transfer to a small camp in September 1943, then to Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Dachau; liberation; assistance from the Red Cross; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage six weeks after liberation; reunion with one brother, the only other family survivor; living in Heidenhiem displaced persons camp for three years; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. S. notes she lost her faith, although never lost hope in the camps; nightmares about being caught by Germans; not sharing her story with her daughters; and painful feelings concerning the reunification of Germany.

Author/Creator
S., Rachel, 1923-
Published
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
November 16, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1941). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.