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Ada R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2307) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Bernice Blum,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2307

Videotape testimony of Ada R., who was born in Przemyśl, Poland in 1934. She recounts her parents' successful business; the bombing of Przemyśl in 1939; Soviet occupation; her father's arrest as a capitalist (she never saw him again); arrest with her mother and brother; their deportation to Qostanaĭ, then to Novosibirsk in July 1940; German invasion; their escape to Samarqand via Tashkent; hardships and hunger; her mother arranging to send her and her brother on a children's transport to Palestine in 1942; her brother's help throughout the journey; living in an orphanage in Tehran; assistance from Jewish organizations and individual local Jews; truck transport to Karachi, then by boat to Suez; and their warm welcome in Palestine in February 1943. Mrs. R. recalls separation from her brother when placed in a Jerusalem orphanage; assistance from Henrietta Szold; moving with her brother to a kibbutz; her discomfort with kibbutz life; her mother's arrival in 1946; moving to her mother's and stepfather's home; military service; marriage; and emigration to the United States. She discusses difficult separations during the war; sacrifices her uncle and mother made to save them; sadness at her family losses; and the difficulty of comprehending her story.

R., Ada, 1934-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
November 4, 1992.
Przemyśl (Poland)
Qostanaĭ (Kazakhstan)
Novosibirsk (Russia)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Tehran (Iran)
Karachi (Pakistan)
Suez (Egypt)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ada R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2307). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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