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Rachel H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2524) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2524

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.

H., Rachel, 1921-
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.