Malka R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2078) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Bonnie Dwork
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Malka R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2078). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Malka R., who was born in Brzeziny, Poland in 1919. She recalls her family's relative affluence, orthodoxy, and closeness; attending Jewish and public schools; loss of her father's business due to antisemitism in 1937-1938; one brother's military draft in August 1939 (he eventually traveled to Israel); German invasion in September; ghettoization; visiting her brother's family in Łowicz (she never saw them again); pervasive hunger; a public hanging of ten innocent people; the ghetto's liquidation; separation from her father (she never saw him afterward); transfer to Łódź with her mother and sisters; factory labor; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; separation from her mother (she perished); remaining with her two sisters; help from a cousin; hiding with her sisters and another prisoner during a selection; a block leader who exposed them; train transfer to Halbstadt; forced factory labor; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Łódź; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to join her brother in Israel in 1950, and then to the United States in 1957. Mrs. R. discusses her family's postwar hardships; nightmares; sharing her story with her daughter; missing the happiness of her prewar life; and pervasive painful memories. She shows photographs.