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Rose B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2048) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2048

Videotape testimony of Rose B., who was born in Ashmi︠a︡ny, Poland in 1924. She recalls the vibrant Jewish community; antisemitism beginning in 1933; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; a mass killing of Jewish men, including her father; ghettoization; deportation to Mielagenai in June 1942; forced labor building a highway; bartering for food with non-Jews; her brother's arrival; her transfer to H.K.P. and his to Keilis; transfer to Kazlu Ruda, then the Kovno ghetto; train transport to Stutthof; digging trenches; train transfer to Toruń in January 1945; abandonment by the guards; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Aleksandrów Kujawski, then Ciechocinek with several women; traveling to Włocławek, then Warsaw; local antisemitic hostility en route; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA in Prague and Łódź; traveling to Munich and Berlin; living in Neufreimann displaced persons camp; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mrs. B. notes no one from her family survived; years of poor health after the war; her mentally handicapped daughter's death at age eighteen; thinking more about her experiences as she ages; and the importance of remembering. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Rose, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
June 1, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2048). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.