Regina P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2272) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan and Louise Goodman
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 23, 1992.
- 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.
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.