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Friedrich R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2803) interviewed by Garbrielle Tyrnauer,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2803

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    Videotape testimony of Friedrich R., a Romani, who was born in Breisgau, Germany in 1927. He recalls expulsion from school in 1938 due to racial laws; attending a school with Jewish children in Cologne for two years; deportation to work camps in Poland; slave labor in quarries and street building; starvation rations; transfer to an Organization Todt camp in Kielce; working with Jewish, Italian, and Russian forced laborers; sadistic guards; a death march through the Tyrol; liberation by United States troops; becoming ill from eating their rations; living in France; and returning to Germany. Mr. R. discusses his strong will to survive despite desperate conditions in the camps; his strong sense of German identity (his father fought in the First World War); over twenty years of difficulties obtaining German citizenship; his strong evangelical faith, including praying for Germany; his inability to understand how people could treat others so sadistically; and continuing discrimination against Romanies.
    R., Friedrich, 1927-
    Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    July 23, 1991.
    Breisgau (Germany)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Friedrich R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2803). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tyrnauer, Gabrielle, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar experiences.

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