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Mira R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2850) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Berthe Burko-Falcman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2850

Videotape testimony of Mira R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1931. She recounts her family's relative affluence; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; her father and brother fleeing east; not being able to join them because she was ill; their return; ghettoization; a round-up on August 14, 1942; her mother sending her to the infirmary at the Umschlagplatz, thinking she could escape; later going to her father's workplace; finding him (her mother and brother were deported to Treblinka); her father arranging several futile attempts to hide her with non-Jews outside the ghetto; hiding during round-ups; a successful escape in April 1943 with assistance from a non-Jewish family friend; observing the ghetto burning during the uprising; hiding with her father in a barn in Wawer; occasionally leaving to obtain food and money; arrest during a foray; placement in a camp; protection by a Polish noble woman; escaping with her to Praga; liberation by Soviet troops in September 1944; joining her father in Otwock; testifying for the noble woman when she was accused of Nazi collaboration; living with her father in Lublin and Łódź; and joining relatives in Paris in 1946. Ms. R. discusses her postwar mental illnesses; becoming an adult without ever being an adolescent; conversations with God during the war and less now; and the impossibility of really conveying her experiences. She shows photographs.

R., Mira, 1931-
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
Interview Date
March 10, 1994.
Warsaw (Poland)
Wawer (Poland)
Praga (Warsaw, Poland)
Otwock (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mira R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2850). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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