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Rozalia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2633) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2633

Videotape testimony of Rozalia W., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1919, the oldest of eight children. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; attending public school; Hungarian occupation in 1938; draft of her brother and future husband into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1942; German occupation in March 1944; forced relocation to a brick yard in Mukacheve; her family's deportation to Auschwitz after a few weeks; her deportation a day later; meeting cousins; learning her sister was in another barrack; transfer with her cousins two months later to Stutthof, then Praust; slave labor building an airport; assisting weak prisoners; a death march in January 1945; liberation by Soviet troops in Puck; hospitalization; returning home; marriage; learning from the Red Cross that a sister and two brothers had survived, but died shortly after liberation; moving to Budapest; her husband's employment by the Joint; government confiscation of their property; the births of three children; escaping to Austria in 1956; living in Vienna and Asten; assistance from the Joint; and emigration to the United States. Ms. W. discusses feeling numb in the camps; maintaining her faith throughout her experiences; the deaths of her entire immediate family; persistent nightmares; and sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Rozalia, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rozalia W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2633). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.