Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Celia R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-497) interviewed by Donna Yanowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-497

Videotape testimony of Celia R., who was born in Czechoslovakia in approximately 1921, one of ten children. She recounts her family's affluence; moving to Ti︠a︡chiv; participating in Mizrachi; Hungarian occupation; moving to work in her sister's store; moving the store to Ti︠a︡chiv; traveling to Budapest on business; German invasion; returning home; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; hospitalization; transfer to Reichenbach; slave labor in a factory; treatment by a Russian doctor; Allied bombings; a death march to Porta Westfalica; transfer four weeks later to Salzwedel; liberation by United States troops; taking food and clothing from homes in Salzwedel; hospitalization; returning home via Teplice Sanov; recovering buried family valuables; traveling to Budapest; returning home several times searching for her brother; learning he had died of starvation; traveling to Germany; living in Windsheim displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA; traveling illegally to Milan, then Cremona; living on a Mizrachi kibbutz; illegal emigration to Palestine aboard the Exodus; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for more than a year; release after Israel's independence; living in Tel Aviv; reunion with a cousin; marriage; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States. Ms. R. notes her children's interest in her experiences. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Celia, 1921?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 30, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celia R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-497). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.