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Eva R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-466) interviewed by Lissa Keller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-466

Videotape testimony of Eva R., who was born in approximately 1919, the youngest of ten children. She recalls living in a small village; her father's death; German invasion; forced labor; escaping with her brother, sister, and niece from a transport in October 1942; hiding in the woods, with a non-Jewish farmer, and in her niece's husband's town; entering Kielce concentration camp with her niece since hiding was too dangerous; slave labor in a HASAG factory for two and a half years; transfer to Częstochowa, Bergen-Belsen, Burgau, and Landsberg; Allied bombings; a death march to Allach; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; Red Cross assistance; hospitalization; her niece's death; reunion with one brother and another niece, her sole family survivors; living in a refugee camp near Munich; marriage in September 1945; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. R. notes her sisters were killed in hiding; the importance of her belief in God to her survival; "everyone was for themselves" in camps; and sharing her experiences only with other survivors.

Author/Creator
R., Eva, 1919?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 7, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-466). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.