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Malka R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2078) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2078

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.

R., Malka, 1919-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 18, 1991.
Brzeziny (Łódź, Poland)
Łowicz (Poland)
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.
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