Eva R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2471) interviewed by Elsa Roth and Raya C. Schapiro
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 24, 1994.
- 2 copies:b3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Eva R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2471). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Eva R., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1927. She recalls an idyllic childhood; cordial relations with non-Jews; vacations with her parents; German occupation in March 1939; anti-Jewish laws; expulsion from school; participating in a Jewish club; deportation to Theresienstadt with her father in August 1942 (her mother was on the next transport); working in the fields; cultural activities, including music and poetry lectures; Jewish leadership diverting resources to the young people; "dating" her future husband; a physician treating her serious illness; sham inspection by the Red Cross; deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944; separation from her father (she never saw him again); transfer to Kurzbach with her mother; reciting poetry while digging trenches; kindness from a camp officer; escaping from a death march with her mother and three other women; hiding in a farm house; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. R. recounts traveling to Prague via Częstochowa; marriage in 1947; and emigration to the United States in 1960. She discusses the importance of luck to her survival and her children's understanding of these experiences.