Rozalia W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2633) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 24, 1993.
- 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.
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.