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Regina R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2072) interviewed by Phylis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2072

Videotape testimony of Regina R., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1914. She recalls involvement with Zionist movements; working in the Jewish hospital; German occupation; humiliating forced labor; marriage in 1939; her husband's departure for Italy in 1940; her father's arrest (she never saw him again); deportation to Theresienstadt in October 1942 with her mother, sister, and other relatives; assignment to a work detail registering Jewish prisoners; asking Rabbi Murmelstein (head of the Jewish Committee) to allow her to go with her mother in May 1944; their transfer to Birkenau; separation (she never saw her mother again); transfer to Auschwitz; transfer to Stutthof, then Praust; slave labor under vicious overseers; being beaten for accepting food and presents from a German civilian and a French POW; a death march; escaping with other prisoners; posing as German refugees; liberation by Soviet troops; recovering in a Soviet hospital; briefly living in a displaced persons camp; returning to Vienna; reunion with her husband in Rome in 1946; and emigrating to the United States in 1950. Mrs. R. discusses her brother's prewar death and the survival of her three sisters; prisoner relations in the camps; continuing nightmares; and reluctance to share her experiences with her children when they were young.

Author/Creator
R., Regina, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 20, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Regina R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2072).Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.