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Rahela R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3583) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3583

Videotape testimony of Rahela R., who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1926. She recalls her mother's death in 1934; cordial relations with non-Jews; participating in the Zionist group Akiba; learning Eastern Orthodoxy ritual and prayer in school, which later helped her pose as a non-Jew; German invasion; visiting her brother and two uncles at Topovske Šupe; her brother's warning that they should hide; watching her brother being taken away; his murder, with three hundred other Jews, in reprisal for a German who was killed; hiding in Arandelovac; obtaining false papers; receiving travel documents from her father's friend, an army general; moving to Vrnjačka Banja; living with Serbian families, one of which was in the Serbian collaborationist regime; liberation; reunion with her other brother; learning her father had been shot; returning to Belgrade; difficulties reclaiming family property; and disclosing her Jewish identity to the collaborationist family with whom she had lived. Ms. R. discusses testifying on behalf of a Chetnik who saved her; losing her faith in God when her brother was killed; and only five of her family of sixty-four surviving. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Rahela, 1926-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
May 28, 1996.
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub.; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rahela R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3583). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291881
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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