Regina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3206) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Liliane Lacombe
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 14, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Regina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3206). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Regina B., who was born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1920. She recalls her family's emigration to Paris in 1934 due to antisemitism; working for low wages; participation in Hashomer Hatzair; marriage in 1940; German occupation; moving to Toulouse with her family; their return to Paris; her daughter's birth in 1941; hiding with her family in Maisons-Laffitte; her protected status as a POW's wife; arrest in Paris in 1944; refusing to divulge her daughter's location; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau via Drancy; abuse from non-Jewish prisoners; cold, starvation, and degradation; forced labor in the Union Kommando; mutual support from two friends (Simone and Ida); public hanging of the women who provided gunpowder to the men's uprising; death marches with Simone and Ida to Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe; separation from Simone (she never saw her again); receiving food from German prisoners; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her parents and daughter; her husband's return; and recuperating in Pau. Mrs. B. discusses the importance to her survival of her desire to see her daughter again; sustaining friendships formed in the camps; frequent painful thoughts about her experiences; reluctance to share her experiences with her children and grandchildren; and her husband's reluctance to listen.