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Rose S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2429) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2429

Videotape testimony of Rose S., who was born in Győr, Hungary in 1927, one of seven children. She recalls her family living with grandparents, an uncle, and cousins; their orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews changing in the late 1930s; anti-Jewish laws; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization; her brother escaping to Budapest; deportation with her family in cattle trains to Auschwitz; her father praying in the train; separation with her sister from her family; meeting with her brother once; selection with her sister for transfer to Allendorf three weeks later; slave labor in a factory; fasting on Yom Kippur; civilian workers leaving them extra food; marking Shabbat and praying to maintain hope; a death march; convincing her sister to continue when she wanted to stop; their escape with two friends; liberation by United States troops; joining friends in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp to observe Rosh ha-Shanah; staying in Paris en route to join a cousin in Tangier; learning her brother had survived; reunion with him; joining a cousin in England, intending to emigrate to Israel; marriage; and the births of five children. Ms. S. discusses the importance of her continuing faith; physical ailments, nightmares, and pervasive painful memories resulting from her experiences; and visiting Győr with her children and grandchildren. She shows artifacts and photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Rose, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
April 22, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rose S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2429). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.