Rachel H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2524) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- January 25, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rachel H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2524). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rachel H., who was born in Cernăuți, Romania (presently Chernivt︠s︡i, Ukraine) in 1921. She recalls her family's comfortable, observant life in the vibrant Jewish community; attending Romanian and Jewish schools; Soviet occupation in 1940; expropriation of her father's business; fear of Siberian exile; German occupation in 1941; antisemitic measures; her grandfather's deportation (she never saw him again); ghettoization in October; moving into a cousin's apartment; a mass deportation by train to Transnistria (Bessarabia); several weeks of forced marching; finding a chicken coop in Sobolevka in which to live with about 140 people; trading with Romanian peasants for food; cold, starvation, and typhus; robberies, rapes and beatings by Romanian troops; almost 100 deaths during the winter; working for peasants; leaving for the Bershadʹ ghetto; finding a cousin in Obodivka en route; working outside the ghetto; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; returning to Chernivt︠s︡i; moving with her father and one sister to a small town to avoid labor conscription; reunion with her family in Cîmpulung; marriage in Bucharest; illegal emigration to Palestine; British internment in Cyprus; assistance from the Joint; arrival in Israel in 1949; and emigration to the United States in 1958.