Rose K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-355) interviewed by Leatrice Rabinsky
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 23, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rose K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-355). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rose K., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in approximately 1930, the youngest of seven children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews; an anti-Jewish boycott, including her father's store; German invasion; her family's attempt to flee; returning when overtaken by Germans; Germans murdering her brother, uncle, and cousin; her sisters' deportation; receiving their postcards from Oberaltstadt; a public hanging; forced factory labor; she, her parents, and one sister escaping from a round-up; ghettoization; the Judenrat organizing plots for farming; assisting at a Noʻar ha-Tsiyoni plot; hiding in a bunker during round-ups; her father encouraging her to volunteer for Oberaltstadt; transfer there in June 1943; reunion with her two sisters; slave labor in a textile factory; an organized effort to sabotage the work; a prisoner nurse saving her from deportation; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; being offered the opportunity to kill or injure a camp official, but merely shaving her hair; returning to Sosnowiec; learning her parents, siblings, and large extended family had perished; antisemitic harassment; living in an orphanage; she and her sisters smuggling themselves to Germany; emigration to the United States in September 1947; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; and marriage to a survivor in 1951. Ms. K. discusses organization of camp and ghetto life; never losing her faith in God or belief she would survive; attending international survivor gatherings; and sharing her story with her children and in schools. She shows photographs and her autobiographical manuscript.