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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.

B., Rose, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
June 1, 1992.
Ashmi︠a︡ny (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Kazlu Ruda (Lithuania)
Toruń (Poland)
Aleksandrów Kujawski (Poland)
Ciechocinek (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Łódź (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Włocławek (Poland)
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.