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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3068

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    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.
    F., Rachel, 1924-
    Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society
    Interview Date
    August 22, 1984.
    Skarżysko-Kamienna (Poland)
    Cite As
    Rachel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3068). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gerber, Jean, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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