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Rachel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3068) interviewed by Jean Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3068

Videotape testimony of Rachel F., who was born in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland in 1924. She describes attending public and religious schools; orthodox observances in her close, extended family; German-Jewish refugees arriving in the early 1930s; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization in 1941; volunteering to go to Skarżysko-Kamienna labor camp in June 1942; slave labor at the munitions factory; public executions; learning the ghetto was liquidated in October; a brief visit with her brother in 1943 (she never saw him again); transfer to Częstochowa in summer 1944; deportation to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; help from a fellow prisoner during the death march to Burgau, then Türkheim; transfer to Dachau; and liberation by United States troops. Mrs. F. recounts Red Cross assistance; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; learning her other brother survived; marriage in 1948; their emigration to Israel; her son's birth; their emigration to Canada in 1952; and her second son's birth. She discusses the centrality of her children to her life and her reluctance to share her experiences with them until recently. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., Rachel, 1924-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society
Interview Date
August 22, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3068). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.