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Rachel N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2010) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2010

Videotape testimony of Rachel N., who was born in Tomasów Mazowiecki, Poland in 1914. She recalls anti-Jewish quotas preventing her from attending university in Warsaw; studying nursing in Łódź; working for the district doctor in Brzeziny; German invasion; being forced to establish a separate Jewish hospital; ghettoization; marriage; public hangings of food smugglers; her husband's round-up (she never saw him again); clandestinely visiting her parents and sister in Tomasźow Mazowiecki; persuading a German soldier not to kill her father; returning to Brzeziny (she never saw her family again); transfer to the Łódź ghetto; working in the hospital; collecting children on Ḥayim Rumkowski's orders; privileged access to food as a nurse; treating Rumkowski's wife; living with her three sisters-in-law; deportation to Auschwitz; transfer to Stutthof; forced labor; sharing food with her sister-in-law; a brutal beating for helping other prisoners; being nursed by prisoners; a death march; boat transport to Neustadt in Holstein; execution of immobile prisoners by the Germans; liberation by British troops; working as a nurse for UNRRA; transfer to Lüebeck; working for the Joint in Hamburg caring for orphans; emigration to the United States in 1949; and marriage to a survivor from Kraków.

Author/Creator
N., Rachel, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
February 6, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2010). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.