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Rosette L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-487) interviewed by Peggy Nathan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-487

Videotape testimony of Rosette L., who was born in approximately 1923. She recalls her family's relative affluence; living on a farm near Moson; moving to Győr in 1938; her brother's emigration to the United States in 1940; apprenticing as a dressmaker in Budapest in 1943; returning home; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization enforced by Arrow Cross and Germans; transfer to an army barrack; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June; the trauma of separation from her parents ("the lowest point" in her life); transfer to Lippstadt six weeks later; slave labor in a munitions factory; improved conditions; a German supervisor filling her quota when she was sick; a fellow prisoner giving birth; a death march in spring 1945; liberation by United States troops; taking food and clothing from German homes; working for the British military; transfer to Minden, Bielefeld, then Barkhausen; trying to locate her brother through the Red Cross; her brother's visit in September (he was in the United States military); his arranging her move to the Salzburg displaced persons camp, then Salzburg; working for UNRRA; traveling to Munich, then Bremerhaven, to obtain papers for the U.S.; emigration to the United States in December 1946, and marriage. Ms. L. discusses the relations between work groups and ethnic groups in the camp. She shows a comb and fork made in Lippstadt.

Author/Creator
L., Rosette, 1923?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rosette L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-487). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.