Rena R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-521) interviewed by Sue Danford
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 14, 1985.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rena R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-521). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rena R., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1917. She recounts her family's affluence and orthodoxy; her mother's death; her father's remarriage; marriage in 1936; her daughter's birth in 1937; anti-Jewish boycotts; one sister's emigration to Palestine; vacationing in Zakopane in summer 1939; German invasion; returning to Kraków; moving to a village; her sister and mother-in-law joining her; a policeman warning them of a deportation; hiding in a barn for three weeks; walking to the Kraków ghetto; hiding her daughter with her maid; slave labor in a uniform factory; deportation to Płaszów in March 1943; her husband's visits; public hangings; hospitalization; transfer with her sister to Auschwitz in 1944; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer two months later to Lichtwerden; slave labor in a textile factory; starvation; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; walking to Kraków; learning her husband, daughter, siblings and father had been killed; marriage in 1946; her son's birth; emigration to Sweden, Montréal, then the United States; and her second husband's suicide. She discusses dehumanization in the camps; recurring nightmares, and not sharing her story with her children.