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Regina P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2272) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan and Louise Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2272

Videotape testimony of Regina P., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1925. She recalls her comfortable childhood; German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations; ghettoization; working in a brush shop; one sister's deportation to Treblinka; a Passover seder; hiding in bunkers during the uprising; deportation with her family to Majdanek; separation from her father; transfer ten weeks later with her sister to Auschwitz (her mother remained in Majdanek); digging ditches; separation from her pregnant sister (she never saw her again); her emotional state during selections; working in potato fields and sorting clothing; public hanging of a barrack mate who tried to escape; being interrogated after the Sonderkommando uprising; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; transfer to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; a German guard assisting her to escape from the death march from Malchow; and liberation by United States troops on April 16, 1945. Mrs. P. describes traveling with her girlfriend to Frankfurt; marriage in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. She reflects on claustrophobia resulting from her war experiences; the importance of friendship and mutual aid to her survival; dreams of her grandfather and sisters; and sharing her experience with her children.

Author/Creator
P., Regina, 1925-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
Interview Date
April 23, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Regina P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2272). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287209
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